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.
46 East Green
9 am -
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 -
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 -
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-
Of West Auckland
1st Monday each month at
West Auckland Manor House
in the knights hall: 7-
West Auckland President :Juliet Metcalfe 01388 834011
2013 Away Day Dates
March 13th -
Aril 10th -
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
Every Wednesday morning at 10 am at the Monteith Close Community centre. With the exception of the away days see below.
1, Monteith Close, West Auckland, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 9UB
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 -