About us

First Ladies Barking and Dagenham is a Women’s Institute group created on 6th October 2010.
We believe we are the fastest growing women's organisation in the borough, and welcome women of all ages and backgrounds to join us - the more the merrier!
We hope you find the below information interesting and informative, and you're welcome to contact us with any questions or queries.

Prospective members can visit the group for free*.

*1st visit Free, second visit £5.00,  then membership is £39.00    Membership applies from Jan-Dec inclusively.
( please note - these are the new fees for 2017).

Dual Membership: If you are a member of another WI you may join our group at a reduced rate of approx £19.00

About the First Ladies...?

All women who live or work in or near Barking and Dagenham are welcome to join the First Ladies Women’s Institute.  

Joining the First Ladies WI will bring you fun, friendship and the opportunity to learn new things. Not only this but we are fast becoming a positive force to be reckoned with being probably the fastest growing women’s organisation in Barking and Dagenham!!

The First Ladies WI is a member of the Federation of Essex WIs.  The Federation is our regional office for the WI and is our link to the national organisation.  

The Committee puts together a programme for the year which aims to be interesting and varied, encompassing learning, fun and friendship. 
If you are a member and have any interesting ideas of activities, or speakers please let us know!     


Some of the benefits of joining the WI membership are:
Denman College

  • Monthly First Ladies WI meetings

  • Membership of the largest national women’s organisation, and the opportunity to participate in national campaigns

  • The WI membership magazine WI Life, 8 copies per annum. 

  • The opportunity to attend courses at Denman College, the Women’s Institute’s college, and also the WI Craft and WI cookery colleges.