Loders WI was re-formed in 1947 after the original WI ceased during the war years. We have documents to suggest that the village WI dates back as far as 1929 but no firm records. We do know the decision was made to suspend the branch at the outset of World War Two.
Today we are proud of our diverse range of ages and our active membership. As such, our members come from all walks of life, have many varied professions, a wealth of life experience and many different skills.
We have a vibrant committee and a friendly, supportive, happy band of members! Come and visit us, new members are always welcome and a friendly greeting is guaranteed.
Loders WI is for the woman of today!
It offers you the chance to make new friends, have a good time, learn new skills in a supportive - and light hearted - environment and get involved as much, or as little, as you want to.
We have all sorts of talks, events, and a variety of social occasions built into our annual programme of events and we are always open to suggestions.
We have tried archery, ballroom dancing, pole dancing, African drumming, working with willow, learning to sail, an introduction to golf and line dancing, to name a few activities.
In addition to our monthly meet ups, we have regular 'extra-curricular' craft afternoons and workshops that we organise on an ad hoc basis, month on month.
We are always looking for a good excuse to get together and have fun. As well as the craft sessions, we have lunches out, walks in the countryside, visits to gardens and country houses, afternoon teas, rambles to local pubs and theatre trips.
Many of our meetings and outings are also open to husbands, partners and friends, as well as to our lovely lady members.
Loders WI is part of the Bride Valley Group of Women's Institutes. The Group is made up by Bride Valley WI, Burton Bradstock WI, Loders WI, Martinstown WI, Portesham WI, Poundbury WI and Walditch WI.
We meet up during the course of the year either at a summer event that we host alternately or at a Christmas carol concert.
Bride Valley, Loders, Martinstown and Poundbury hold evening meetings. Walditch hold morning meetings. Burton Bradstock and Portesham alternate between afternoon and evening meetings, depending on the time of year.