Joining & Visiting

Visiting

Due to COVID-19 we are currently running all of our meetings via Zoom, and we continue to welcome visitors just as we did when we were meeting in person! If you would like to take part in one of our online meetings, please email cambluebelles@gmail.com so that we can send you the Zoom link. We’re not charging for visitors at the moment, so it’s a great time to join in and get to know us. Take a look at our Current Programme to find out what we’re up to and when. Zoom meetings take place from 7.30-9.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Visiting is good way to get a feel for the WI and the Blue Belles, before you decide whether or not to join as a member. Under usual circumstances we ask visitors for a £5 donation at the door, which covers refreshments (there’s always plenty of tea and cake!!) as well as the evening’s speaker or activity. The usual time and place for in-person meetings is:

Friends Meeting House
Jesus Lane
Cambridge
CB5 8BA
Second Wednesday of the month, 19:45-21:45

Please note that our meetings are open to female visitors over 18 years old only. This includes everyone whose gender identity is female, regardless of sexual preference or orientation.

Have a look below at all the benefits of becoming a full member (NB: we’re currently full, and operating a waiting list).

The Benefits of Membership

As well as being able to attend 11 main meetings a year (plus our summer social), members also have access to all of our subgroups as well as our busy members-only Facebook page. We currently run a book club, games night, craft club and podcast chat, with the theatre and activity clubs on hold for the time being! Members also receive 8 copies of the WI magazine WI Life per year.

Joining

Please drop us an email at cambluebelles@gmail.com if you would like to join, writing “New member” in the subject line. We’re currently up to capacity so we’re operating a waiting list on a first come, first serve basis. We renew our membership during April of each year, with current members being allowed to renew (or not) their membership first.

When we have spaces for new members, joining is very simple: all you need to do is fill in our membership form and pay the fee. There is no selection process; all applications are accepted as long as they come from women (cis or trans) over 18 years old.

We are part of the Cambridge Federation of Women’s Institutes. Details of all the WIs in and around Cambridge can be found on the Federation website. Blue Belles is one of several WIs that meet in the city, who jointly refer to themselves as the Cambridge WI Collective (CamCo). There is a CamCo Facebook page where members from all of the participating WIs share information, and we sometimes organise joint events.

The full year’s membership fee for 2021 is £44. However, new members joining later in the year pay a pro-rata fee as follows:

Date of joining 2021/22 Total subscription due 2021/22
1 April – 30 June £44
1 July – 30 September £33
1 October – 31 December £22
1 January –  31 March 2022 £11

Bank transfer is preferred, however we can accept payment by cheque, or cash at a meeting.