Ever thought of joining your local WI group?

The ladies of Scarning WI meet in the village hall at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month. We are a friendly, welcoming group of women from Scarning and the surrounding areas.

We have visiting speakers who give talks on a variety of topics. We also have quiz and games evenings. The evenings are finished off with refreshments.

If you would like to come along to a meeting you would be most welcome.

For more information please call –

President – Tina Hobbs 01362 698395 thobbs_26@hotmail.com
Secretary – Rachel Almond 01362 422071

County website – Norfolk Federation of WIs

Scarning WI footpath walk 1988
Ladies receiving Long Membership certificates
WI mug
Sign in the Beacon lay-by, presented by the WI in 1969
Celebrating 100 years of the Norfolk Federation Of WI's
60th Birthday Cake
Results of annual Craft Day
60th Birthday
Scarning WI (Ruby Wright, Dorothy Price, Rosemary Hutson, Joyce Farnham, Judy Webdale, Unknown, Jenny James and Ann Dye) - Photo in Park Farmhouse
Norfolk Show 1978 Scarning Womens Institute Pageant - Eskimos
Bollywood comes to Scarning
Scarning WI pageant at Norfolk Show 1978
60th Birthday
60th Birthday
Sandringham for Women Walk the World
Craft Day
Celebrating 100 years of WI in Norfolk
Scarning WI win Dereham quiz - 2000
Five happy crafters with their makes - WI Craft Day on 16th Oct 2021

2023/4 Committee

  • President – Tina Hobbs
  • Secretary – Rachel Almond
  • Treasurer – Julie Thornton
Mrs Allwood, WI founder in 1998 at the 45th anniversary of its founding

History of Scarning WI

The formation meeting took place on 20th February 1952 at 7.30 pm at Scarning Village Hall. 42 ladies were present. A resolution was proposed by Mrs Duigan and seconded by Mrs Roper to form an institute in Scarning and was unanimously adopted. The following bye-laws were passed –

1.That the monthly meeting should be held in the parish room, Scarning on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. The annual meeting should be held in November.
2. There should be 12 members elected for the committee.
3. The Vice Presidents to be elected by the committee.
4. The age for joining should be 16 years.

It was agreed to hold the first institute meeting on Wednesday 5th March at 7.30. (curiously not the last Wednesday of the month!!) Nominations for the committee were received by Mrs Broke.

On March 5th 56 members attended the meeting and a ballot was held to elect the committee. Tea was served and a discussion of future events took place. The meeting closed with Auld Lang Syne.

The first proper meeting of Scarning Women’s Institute took place on 26th March 1952. 53 members were present. Mrs Allwood the president was in the chair.

The 10/- effort to support county funds was discussed and entered into as was the London AGM although a delegate was not sent. It was agreed to hold a monthly competition and a bowls club was formed.

A talk and demonstration on the art of glove-making took place. This was followed by tea and charades. The meeting closed singing the national anthem at 9.40 pm.

From Dec 1982, BBC Radio Norfolk’s Village Voice – Leslie & Pam Allwood discuss the village hall, school trust & the WI.

For full details of this recording and others included in the radio programme, please see the Radio Norfolk’s Village Voice page on this website.