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Formed in 2014, one year before the centenary celebrations and now in its 3rd year with almost 90 members the Keswick WI is a friendly, fabulous group of local positive women who get involved in their community and enjoy life in the Lake District to the full.


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For details of how to join, who to chat to or just ask more questions contact Chinty Turnbull, secretary on 017687 71110 or email info@keswickwi.org.uk

For a printable membership form click here…

Get Involved!

Meetings take place at 7pm on the third Wednesday of every month except during August as traditionally this has always been a meeting free month as the rural groups lost their women to the farm where they helped their husbands. We are busy in Keswick through the summer season so we may not be helping on the farm, although some of us may be. Some of us are helping run B&B’s, hotels, businesses and families through the busy summer holidays.

Meeting Format
The doors open at 7.00 pm when members can find a seat, buy a raffle ticket and mingle. The secretary usually welcomes the members with a brief update at 7.3 0pm on all things that are currently going on and then at 7.45 pm the speaker takes over. At 8.30 pm the speaker gets a generous round of applause and the members head for tea and cakes, served by the hostesses of the month. The meeting is usually over by 9.00 pm although members can often be found regrouping at various venues in town – notably Bar 26 or the Conservative Club where a few darts are often misdirected.

Where do we Meet?
The Bistro at the Greta Gardens Apartment complex, just opposite the Keswick Rugby Club. The easiest walking access is from the top, so to speak. Walking from the direction of Booths, passing the turn off for the Rugby Club and heading as if up to the Heads and the road down towards Hope Park, the golf course & theatre but as you come round the bend you will see a small gateway and steps dow to the rear of Greta Gardens and the access to the Bistro, this is the door for you to enter for our meetings.

If you walk down past the Rugby Club keep on walking right to the end of the road before the camp site and you will see the entrance at the rear of the complex, just walk up the road and the door is up on the left. There should be an A-board showing you where the door is to.

Is it free?
If you are a member of the WI then its free, just bring your WI card along. If you are not yet a member then we charge £4 per meeting…but you will meet lots of people, hopefully learn something new from our speaker of the month and enjoy tea and homemade cakes to boot!

  • Book Club – meets monthly at Bar 26. For details of latest book please complete our email contact form or call.
  • Community Knitting Projects
  • Kayak evenings
  • Swimming evenings
  • Darts team
  • Weekly Coffee Morning
  • Fund raising for local charities

Email has given our group an instant messaging opportunity, if one person fancies a swim in the lake or paddle in a canoe then an invitation goes out and others join if they want to..simple, quick and positive!

Vintage Reminder Meetings
Every Friday morning from 10am a group of WI members meet for coffee at Cafe West at Fitz Park. 40 year old copies of the Reminder are delivered and they enjoy reading about old news and house prices whilst enjoying the craic and a free refill. The meeting is informal, welcome to all and lasts until around 11.30am

Save our hospitalCurrently trying to stop the Success Regime from reducing the number of beds at our cottage hospital. Members have been striding out with petitions, posing for photos, waving banners and turning up when it matters.

During the recent floods in Keswick the WI helped feed the Mountain Rescue team whilst they worked through the night. Members made soup and sandwiches and delivered them to flooded residents as they cleared their houses. Members visited homes and helped support flood victims throughout the Christmas period. They manned the control room whilst teams of volunteers helped residents remove flood damaged furniture and flooring.

We are collecting recyclable items every month at our meetings…so please bring along any old or used:

  • stamps (Sam Buxton Sunflower Trust)
  • jam jars (Hospice at Home)
  • jewellery (Alzheimers Society)
  • books (Hospice at Home)
  • bras (Against Breast Cancer)

We also hold monthly raffles at our meetings and the proceeds will be shared between the following charities:

  • Amys Care
  • Keswick Rugby Club

We started knitting to help raise funds for Nepal after the earthquake and we are still knitting. The knitting workshops take place on a Wednesday afternoon at Mrs F’s Fine Food Emporium, 74, Main Street, Keswick. During the winter from 12 noon onwards and anytime during the rest of the year.

Community Knit Project is ongoing at Mrs F’s where customers are invited to take part in knitting a drainpipe cosy which will be displayed outside the cafe for all to enjoy. The Summer ’16 cosy is up and looking lovely…the Autumn one is in the process of being knitted, do go in and add your stripe with any stitch you fancy!

Save our Hospital!

Save our hospitalWe are campaigning to stop the Success Regime from reducing the number of beds in our cottage hospital. We have encouraged as many people as possible to sign our petition which has over 40,000 signatures.

Please join us and sign: this online petition

Members Comments

Keswick WI is inspirational! Not only do we have interesting and fun speakers each month, there are always members trying something new, overcoming a fear or raising money for various charities. It’s hard not to be motivated yourself by all these wonderful ladies! What I have learned since joining is that there is a fantastic community of friendly, strong and very capable women in Keswick who can turn their hands to pretty much anything and I am very proud to call myself a Keswick WI member!


Keswick WI is the best organisation I know in the town for getting together a cross section of age groups, occupations and interests. It brings us all together. We meet people we would never have come across. The programme of activities is both innovative and traditional, from belly dancing and water sports to baking and hospital visiting. It is a privilege to be a member.


I am a relatively new member to Keswick WI and can’t wait to attend the monthly meetings. Everyone is so vibrant, supportive of one another, great company and interesting to talk to – it is always a fun evening. There are too many social activities to mention and I can’t wait until I have more time to be able to join in with more of them. I am so pleased that I joined this group – I have met so many lovely people and that would not have happened if I hadn’t come along. Thank you so much.


Keswick Wi is a really welcoming, friendly, inclusive & life affirming group, with lots of activities to suit everyone…do join!