Absolutely WI Welcomes You

The largest WI in Dorset

Welcome to Absolutely WI. Based in Ferndown, the WI was started in 2009 and our members have swelled to over 130.


In line with curent guidance, Absolutely WI have taken the decision to cancel ALL events in March and April. We will keep all members updated as appropriate.


Joyce Coleman - Absolutely President

 Kids with  Masks

Change of meeting location

Following the unexpected closure of the Barrington Theratre in Ferndown, your committee have sourced a new location for the monthly meetings to be held. There is a spacious, clean hall and we will also have tea and coffee facilities for break time.

Osborne Centre ,

MS Society on Church Lane,

West Parley

The entrance is almost opposite West Parley Memorial Hall

There is a  large car park which although full in the day time, is vacated in the evenings.  The entrance is almost opposite West Parley Memorial Hall

We have also secured West Parley Memorial Hall for:

Quiz Nights on Tuesday 23 June and 22 September


About Absolutely WI

It's not just Jam and Jersulam

Welcome to Ferndown's very own branch of the Women's Institute.

We pride ourselves to be one of the largest, most active and most prolific WI's in Dorset. Reformed under a modern format, Absolutely WI was started in October 2009 and has continues to blossom from there. We are a WI with a modern twist, a team of ladies who stand for friendship, self-development and a mutual sense of belonging; all of the things which are good about the traditional WI.  

Absolutely WI seeks to provide members with interesting and enlightening talks, fun outings and numerous activities; including walking groups, book clubs, shopping trips and dining events.

Our branch acts as a place for like minded ladies to meet old friends and make new ones, whilst pursuing activities as a group.

Absolutely WI members span all ages and roles, from young professionals to working Mums to retirees; each one bringing their own personal and diverse life experiences to the group. There is no such thing as a stereotypical WI member.
Our committee is dedicated to providing a flexible WI which is responsive to the views of its members.

Come and find out about us for yourself, we meet every month - for details please click link below- at 7.30pm at the Barrington Centre in Ferndown. 

Alternatively, you can email us at  AbsolutelyWI@googlemail.com and we will be happy to introduce you to AbsolutelyWI.

Please use the menu bar above to look around our website which shows the history of the WI from 1915 up to our National Federations of Women's Institutes Campaigns and Initiatives.

You can see our forthcoming Speakers and Past Speakers that we have at our monthly meetings.

We list more than a dozen different activities we hold during the month, pick and chose what you like - and if you don't see one you like there is always room for more.

We will always add more favourites from our members.

Remember, the only limit at Absolutely WI is your imagination!