Founded on September 15th 2016, Cake and Revolution WI “burst onto the scene in Ipswich” ... Looking to mix a fresh modern outlook with a dash of tradition. We formed then with 118 members, making us immediately the Largest WI in the Suffolk East Federation! We now stand with membership capped for the remainder of 2017, and 136 members strong!
This is a "New Wave" WI Group for Ipswich with a mission to bring all that the WI should be & More, but to make it accessible and relevant to the Modern Woman..
By embracing new technology and using social media to unite our members & ignite the interest of newfound audiences, we hope that we can strive to make a difference in our local Community and to the lives of our members!
Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at The Manor Ballroom, starting at 7.30pm. We are currently at maximum capacity, with a Waiting List of 25+.
Since our formation, 2 more New WI's have gone on to form for Ipswich, illustrating the demand that is out there for this amazing Women's organisation.
So far ...
We have a Main Public Facebook Page as well as a C&R Members Only group on Facebook, we can be found on Instagram and Twitter too … as well as maintaining a site page on the SEFWI (Suffolk East Federation of Women’s Institutes) Website.
To give a flavour of what we do … in 2016, our meetings involved Mystery Craft, a 1940’s Swing Stroll Workshop and a Burlesque Evening … we held a Fundraising Jumble Sale in and for the Local Community and several of our Members donated Festive British Bakes for the Syrian Refugee Christmas Party organised by the Suffolk Refugee Support Centre.
We also had a Very Special, Exclusive, Members’ Christmas Shopping Event, working with some fabulous local independent shops in Ipswich. This event culminated in our Members’ Christmas Bash at The Spread Eagle.
For 2017 ...
The New year brought us our Sub-Groups & Clubs Fresher’s Fair where members got themselves signed up to the approx.8 sub-groups running alongside our main WI Group. These include a Games Club, Gardening Club, Book Club, Movies Club, Walking Group, Knitting & Crochet, the Out of the Box group, The C&R History Girls and Theatre Club..
Our first meeting of 2017 saw us enjoying a Wellbeing evening, demonstrating three different approaches from three fantastic speakers. We have since enjoyed a Cocktail workshop where we also took part in & celebrated the ‘Show The Love 2017’ Climate Change Campaign. We held an amazing Charity Gala Event at the Ipswich Museum, where, having won the opportunity to take over the historical venue, we sold 300 tickets and raised an incredible amount in support of Lighthouse Womens Aid.
We took part in a Collage Workshop under guidance from the Artist In Residence at Ipswich Art School, where thereafter our artwork formed part of the exhibition inspired by Eduardo Paolozzi.
We have had a delicious Chocolate Workshop, an Arts & Crafts Meeting, where half the members took part in stained glass painting and the other half worked on 2 collaborative paintings. We then had our "On your Doorstep" evening, where local independent business owners came to talk to us about all the great things going on in & around Ipswich.
This was shortly followed by another Charity Event, this time held at The Ipswich Library. We put on an epic Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with amazing entertainment, crazy-mad hats and much revelry! We again managed to raise a wonderful sum of money, with funds being split between the Ipswich Library and the Cake & Revolution Members Denman College Bursary Fund.
In June we enjoyed some simple Members' Speed Mating, where we all had the chance to get to know each other a little better! Then July has brought us the "Things A Girl Should Know" where several speakers came along and talked to us about, Plumbing, Bicycle Punctures and Self Defence!
August saw our Cake & Revolution WI Camping Event "Tents & Tonic"... something akin to the infamous Tea & Tents held by the WI. It was a triumph and will definitely become an annual event (at least!).
We have recently enjoyed Our 1st Birthday Party, where all members were given a beautiful Membership badge, designed by one of our very own amazing members!
The Alternative Harvest Festival, saw Three WI-eligible, Ipswich-focussed Charities come along to ‘pitch’ their causes to our members. Members were invited to bring items for donation to any/all of the charities based on their needs, so a twist on the usual Harvest Festival-type offerings.
After the meeting members voted for which we go on to adopt/support for 2018. We are thrilled to announce that Cake & Revolution will be supporting Got To Read throughout 2018!!
November will be our first Annual Meeting and then we end 2017 with our "Sing it for Santa" Christmas Party with the wonderful Yula Andrews! Lots still to look forward to!
We have just released our 2018 Programme to members, so watch this space for updates when we make that public!