Committees

The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is made up of the Trustees of the Federation. The committee approves all recommendations that come from the other sub-committees and is responsible for the final decision on all matters of finance, health and safety and general policy according to the Charity Commission and our own Constitution. The committee also includes the Denman College Ambassador who is responsible for liaising with members wishing to take up courses at the college and keeping members up-to-date with all aspects of the college and encouraging members to attend. The Denman College Ambassador is also responsible for the upkeep of the Cambridge room at the college.

Combined Arts Sub Committee
This committee has quite a varied remit and includes art, photography, drama and music. Many members of the committee are also members of the Federation Players who perform plays and entertain WI’s with evenings of miscellaneous poems, prose and song. Each year a Christmas Words & Music is put together by the committee with the help of WI’s in the federation.

Days out to historic houses and the theatre are very popular and on winter evenings a poetry and prose or music appreciated sessions are held.

Craft Committee
This Committee encourages educational skills in a wide variety of subjects and day schools are arranged to cover many forms of crafts and cookery and visits to places of interest including craft exhibitions.

Events Committee
This committee covers a wide range of fund raising activities including very successful weekend breaks and a series of lunches throughout the year at which speakers are invited to attend. The committee also organises many trips to places of interest both in London and the surrounding area that does not fall into the remit of the other specific sub-committees.

The committee comprises of the officers of the Federation, the Merchandise Officer and other interested members some of whom are also on the Board of Trustees.

Finance Advisory Panel
This panel covers all aspects of finance for the Federation. It comprises of the Treasurer, the Chairman of the Events Committee and other members whose special interest is in money matters.

The Federation budget is agreed by the panel before submission to the Board of Trustees and comparisons of actual and budget figures are considered at the bimonthly meetings. The upkeep and maintenance of the building as recommended by the Office Management Committee is within the committee’s remit.

Leisure Committee
The Leisure Committee aims to provide a programme of pleasurable pursuits and to extend members activities by giving them taster days in many fields of sport. These include clay pigeon shooting, target practice, archery, fencing, scuba diving, gliding, golf, 10-pin bowling and many more. Visits are also made to places of interest including nature reserves, raptor centres and the committee is responsible for the annual darts tournament within the WI’s of the federation.

Membership  Committee
This committee consists of the WI Advisers and assistants. A WI Adviser is a WI member who has undertaken special training and will have learned about many different sorts of WIs. They are available to any WI who has problems or who want to know about the wider aspects, structure and opportunities for member in the WI organisation.

Cambridge Federation is also represented on committees for WREN and the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Distraction Burglary and Rogue Traders Taskforce.

Public Affairs Committee
This committee organises the Resolutions meetings and arranges the specialised speakers. It also follows up the mandates when passed at the Annual General Meeting of the National Federation. The committee keeps the various campaigns to the fore by writing to Members of Parliament, local councillors and relevant decision makers about the mandated concern. At the same time it makes members aware of how they can each play a part in any campaign, beginning in their own communities.

The committee arranges International Events so that more of the culture of the chosen country may be learned . Each year it selects a project for the Federation to sponsor through ACWW’s (Association of Country Women of the World) Coins for Friendship scheme. It’s purpose is to enhance the lives of women through education and practical help. Recent donations have provided such essentials as fresh water, cows, hens, and saleable products as well as education around around health issues.