Matfield Women’s Institute

From 1 September 2021, the WI is resuming its monthly meetings in Matfield Village Hall at 7.30pm. Bring a mask, if you wish, and a drink.

Matfield Women’s Institute is a friendly group of about 40 members with a wide range of interests. We meet on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month in Matfield Village Hall as well as holding a variety of activities and outings. For our meetings, we choose varied speakers, some to inspire, some to entertain. Coffee and chat gives us the chance to get to know one another and to find out about forthcoming events.

We welcome visitors to any of our meetings and the programme for 2022 is shown below. For programme details for the remainder of 2021, please contact Amanda at the number shown at the bottom of the page.

We started in October 1921 and Teresa Sassoon, mother of the wartime poet Siegfried, was one of our founding members. So, this year we are celebrating our 100th anniversary with a new dedicated bench on Matfield Green and a special meal out!

To read more about the history of Matfield WI, click here.

Separate clubs and activities within Matfield WI are varied and all members are invited to come along to any which interest them and which often involves tea and cake and the odd glass of wine!

• Our book club meets once a month to discuss the book we have read the month before – then time for a chat!
• The darts team meets once a week and enters annual inter-WI competitions.
• Monthly local walks during the summer, ending up with tea and cakes at a nearby cafe.
• Mahjong and Mexican Train – we play at monthly get-togethers in Gray’s cafe.


At this year’s village picnic in July, we raised money for breast cancer with a plant stall on the Green. The money raised also helped to contribute to St Luke’s Church. We have also become quite famous for our afternoon teas and ploughman’s lunches made for visiting groups on several occasions every year.

Each year local WIs are invited to submit entries for the Barratt Cup competition at the Horticultural Society’s summer show. In 2019, we were given a seaside theme and our entry came in first place.



The County WI Federation has its Headquarters in Pembury and organises conferences, workshops and events on a variety of subjects including craft, sport, home economics, the environment and public affairs. The West Kent Federation page on the WI website can be found here.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes has its website at and runs a series of online courses for members.

2022 Programme
Unless otherwise shown, meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Matfield Village Hall
5th January Joseph Rudyard Kipling & Kipling Women Charles Neve
2nd February Scandals – Sensational, Salacious & Sad Chris McCooey
2nd March Round the World on a Double Decker Bus Richard King
6th April What Women Wore Sheila Farmer
1st June It’s Your Duty to be Beautiful – Women in WW2 Anna Astin
6th July Glass Painting Yvonne Broad
3rd August Catherine of Aragon Rev. Dr. Nicholas Henderson
7th September Medical Detection Dogs Sharon Lynn
5th October History of Puddings Julie Davis
2nd November Can Can – High Kicks & Frilly Knickers Martin Heard
7th December Matfield Christmas Party

For more information contact Amanda on 01892 823280