About the WIs and federations

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The WI will celebrate its centenary in 2015 and currently has over 210,000 members in around 6,600 WIs.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.


The Well
46 East Green
West Auckland
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 9HJ

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday
9 am - 3 pm

10am - 1pm

Come and unwind and relax from the daily pressures of modern life. The well is a West Auckland Vineyard Church initiative located near the post office on Oakley Green with free parking close by.

“Wells may not be an everyday sight for us in the UK but we still use the word to signify a place of refreshment, a place to relax and recuperate and a place where you can just step aside from the pressure and stress and take time out. Well, that's it.......and we want to provide such a place in West Auckland.”


“At The Well we are committed to fighting poverty and injustice through trade. What we buy and where we buy it from can make such a difference - for good or for bad. Everything you purchase in the cafe and the shop will be sourced from Fairtrade suppliers and certified as Fairtrade. This means producers are paying their workers a fair and living wage, and we get top quality products, they get better lives.”

That's a win win.

The Well isnt just a coffee shop, it is a great service to the community  run by volunteers ,It operates a Foodbank for people with referrals from appropriate agencies during its weekday opening hours. It has a number of rooms available for people who are in need of help, for example in need of counselling therapy.  There is also a small stock of school uniforms for struggling families, you can also donate old school uniforms, they would be much appreciated.

West Auckland Vineyard Church Coffee shop

The well really is a hive of activity. I hadn't been outdoors for months but now its just nice to come in and watch the world go by in a pleasant environment West Auckland Resident .

The well also has a “Cafe Unplugged” on the 3rd Thursday of every month 730pm - 1030 pm for all the music fans.

Check out more details at http://www.thewellatwest.net/ and the West Auckland Vineyard Website

At West Auckland

we have a good membership of around 50 women and growing in the space of one year. New potential members can come along for £2 on two occasions prior to joining.

We are a fun loving WI and  at present  have theatre trips ,coffee mornings, and a trip to Harrogate knit n stitch planned.

Our Evenings on the first Monday of each month we may have  a guest speaker, or craft workshop followed by coffee and cake, then quiz or bingo.

Peter Barron, the editor of The Northern Echo is guest speaker on March 4th , Kate Chaplin on kimonos, also have speakers on fudge making etc.

some of our members run a craft group in Monteith close community room, once fortnight on a Thursday7-9pm

Of West Auckland

1st Monday each month at
West Auckland Manor  House
in the knights hall: 7-9pm

West Auckland President :Juliet Metcalfe 01388 834011

2013 Away Day Dates

March 13th - Richomond

Aril 10th - Cotherstone

May 15th Sunderland Bridge

June  Salburn  (tba)

July 17th, Teesdale

August 14th Bracks Farm

September 18th Paradise

October 16th Barnard Castle

November 13th Staindrop or Durham

December ?18th  Xmas Dinner  

West Auckland Walking Group

 Meet UP

 Every Wednesday morning at 10 am  at the Monteith Close Community centre. With the exception of the away days see below.

Community Centre,
1, Monteith Close, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 9UB

Google maps link

The West Auckland walking group is a very popular group with some 60 walkers on their books. The walkers are an informal group, so are not part of the ramblers ,  but some of the groups walkers have been on walking leaders courses.

 They Meet meet every Wednesday morning at 10 am  at the Monteith Close Community centre. There is no formal membership fees or walk fees.  

Generally they walk locally, around 3 - 5 mile. On there return they would warm up and have tea and biscuits, funds raised for tea and biscuits aids for the rental of the community centre and once per month have an “away day”,  where they would meet at a pre-arranged location. And once a year they have a full away day, pub lunch etc, believed to be around December time