About Us


Swanage WI was formed in January 2020 and now has more than 60 members. Visitors are very welcome to come to a meeting to see if they wish to join.  We are a friendly group with many members relatively new to Swanage. Being a WI member is a great way to make new friends locally and maybe try some new activities

We meet at The Centre, 7 Chapel Lane, Swanage on the first Tuesday of every month except January at 7.30pm. We try to provide a varied programme of speakers and activities arranged by our Social Team, and there is always some social time at each meeting.

In addition to our monthly meetings, there are a number of events and groups that members can sign up to. These may incur an additional cost and may be subject to change.

The Dorset Federation also arranges a varied programme of events and there are opportunities for many interests. Maybe you would like to learn to crochet, try paddle boarding or visit a stately home. The WI provides members with many opportunities in the company of like minded others.

The WI has a long history of campaigning and each year at the National Federation WI a resolution chosen by members is put forward for debate and if the membership votes in favour then this becomes a mandate that will be worked on both locally and nationally.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our meetings.


Karen Corney - President

Jill Watling - Vice-President

Marion Thurlow - Treasurer

Lyn Coleman – Secretary

Catherine Woods      Jo Martin    Anne Sewell

Anne Roper               Cathy Evans   Shirley Cannon


Telephone Lyn Coleman, Secretary, on 07836 687457

or email us at swanagewi@dorsetwi.org

You can also find us on Facebook


6 June 2023 The Swanage Defibrillator Project - Mary Buck

4 July 2023 The Swanage Food Bank - Pauline Werba

1 August 2023 An introduction to Greek Dancing with Yiannis Tsenkos

5 September 2023 The Swanage Railway with Jonathan Evans

3 October 2023 East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation

7 November 2023 The Life of an Opera Singer with Grace Loveless

5 December 2023 Christmas Celebration

January 2024 No meeting

6 February 2024 Underwater photographs around Swanage Pier with Alison & Paul Pettit

5 March 2024 Swanage Army Link with Frank Roberts

2 April 2024 Coeliac UK and Living Gluten free

7 May 2024 Annual meeting and Resolution meeting


June 2023 Sculture by the Lakes

July 2023 Putting followed by supper

August 2023 The Dorset Arts and Craft Show

September 2023 Paddleboarding

October 2023 Needle felting

November 2023 Have a go at pottery

December 2023 Christmas Tree Festival

January 2024 The Swanage Pantomime

February 2024 Visit to Swanage History Centre

March 2024 Art Class

April 2024 Tour of Swanage Brickworks

May 2024 Treasure Hunt


Book Group


Craft and chat


Nordic walking


Walking Netball