The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK.
Benefits of joining a WI
Get to know like-minded women in your community
Membership of your WI and access to county/island federation and national events
At least 11 monthly WI meetings plus the opportunity to take part in any additional events, trips, clubs and activities your WI may run
8 issues a year of the WI membership magazine, WI Life
Regular newsletters and mailings to keep you up-to-date with all the news and events from your federation and the NFWI
Have your voice heard - make a real impact on local, national and international issues
Opportunities to learn, develop and pass on new skills
Be a part of something special, the WI is the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK
Message from Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Community Safety Department
Lighter, warmer evenings are approaching, open windows and doors may let in the fresh air but they also allow easy access and provide opportunities for thieves, who need just seconds to walk in and take purses and other valuables from tables and work-tops. Don't give thieves an open invitation.
A determined burglar can get through the smallest of open windows. So whenever you go out - for any length of time, please make sure you shut all windows and doors.
Try to follow the guidelines below to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary or theft:
Lock all windows and doors and remove the keys to a safe place when you leave the house, even if just for a few minutes.
If you are at the rear of the property, or in the garden always ensure the windows and doors at the front of your premises are locked.
Do not leave valuables in sight or reach of any open widows.
Lock all downstairs windows at night.
Put away and secure all gardening equipment and children's bikes etc after use.
Use good quality locks on garages and sheds.
Ensure both locks and hinges on shed and garage doors are working properly and do not need repairing (ensure screws on latches and hinges cannot be undone easily from the outside).
Ensure you know what make and model your gardening tools are for identification purposes in the event they are stolen.
Mark up gardening equipment with your post code. This should be done overtly with paint, paint pens or permanent markers where possible to make them less attractive to thieves, as they are harder to re-sell.
Make this summer one you remember for the warmer weather - not for the crime.