WI House Thirsk i
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North Yorkshire East Federation
WI House Thirsk i
North Yorkshire East Federation of Women’s Institutes
The North Yorkshire East Federation came into being in 1983 following the  realignment of the national county boundaries, when the original Yorkshire  Federation, formed in 1918, was divided into six separate entities. After renting office accommodation in York for a while, our current premises in Thirsk  were purchased in 1987, being more central to our membership. Our Federation is a  large, mainly rural area extending from south of Selby, with the A1 as its western  boundary, to Scotch Corner in the north, and from Whitby down the coast to south of  Scarborough and westward via Pickering, Malton and York.  Since our inception we have been involved with The Great Yorkshire Show, Madeira  Threads craft exhibitions and campaigning on various local issues, such as closure of Post Offices and the pylons across the Vale of York. Following the WI resolution to  ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ the Federation have participated in the annual litter pick in various  locations. Federation holidays have been arranged along with trips to Denman College to  further our education in a variety of subjects. Members were also involved in sharing  craft skills during an exchange programme with women of Romania.  We celebrated the millennium with a service of Thanksgiving and Rededication of the  WI Altar Cloth at York Minster. Our community project that year was a Crafts Into  Schools initiative, which saw members passing on their craft skills to children in our  local area. The original Yorkshire Federation is still remembered when we join together at such  events as The Northern Craft Exhibitions, which have been held at Beamish, Ripley  Castle and Carton Towers.
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