Ladies, ever thought about joining the WI?  Then why not come along to Bowes Belles WI.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th September at 7pm.  All ladies are welcome!  Visitors can attend up to 3 meetings for £4 per meeting before deciding to be a full member.  We are ALWAYS open to welcome new members.

Subscription fees for 2019 are £42.00.  New members joining the WI for the first time (women who have not previously been a member of any WI in the past 10 years), will pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join (1 January - 31 March = £42.00; 1 April - 30 June = £31.50; 1 July - 30 September = £21.00; 1 October - 31 December = £10.50).
 
WI members can belong to more than one WI, by paying the full membership fee to the first WI, and a further £20.50 to any additional WIs at any time of the year. There is no pro-rata rate for dual membership.

Bowes Belles WI hold 12 meetings each year and all members can contribute ideas to the annual programme of speakers, activities and events.

WI Members will receive eight copies per year of the WI membership magazine, WI Life and be able to access resources and information on the website and the WI Moodle. WIs are also kept up to date with news by regular mailings from the NFWI.

Bowes Belles WI was established in June 2013.  We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm at Wrekenton Methodist Community Church.  There is plenty of free parking in the former Co-op car park which is less than a 2 minute walk from the church.If you haven't been to Bowes Belles before, we offer a warm welcome to all women, giving them the opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills and above all, have fun!  You're also welcome to bring friends along (ladies only!). 

Please spread the word about Bowes Belles WI, point them to our website and let them know about our programme for 2019.

Bowes Belles is one of 26 WI's within the Tyne and Wear South Federation, situated in an area between the Rivers Tyne and Wear, as is reflected in our name.  Bowes Railway at Springwell Village straddles the borders of Gateshead and Washington, the main catchment area for Bowes Belles WI.  Whilst many of our members do live in the Gateshead and Washington areas, distance is no barrier to Bowes Belles members.  We have members who travel from Southmoor, Ouston, Whickham, Sunniside, Chester-Le-Street, Wallsend, Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland!  

The railway was built by George Stephenson in 1826, and is the world's only preserved operational standard gauge cable railway system. It was built to transport coal from Durham pits to boats on the River TyneThe first part of the railway to be built was a 1-mile section between Black Fell and Springwell. This section was opened in 1826 and comprised two inclined planes: one steep incline up from Black Fell to Blackham's Hill, and one down from Blackham's Hill and Springwell. At Blackham's Hill, the summit of both inclines, was the "hauler house", housing stationary engines to wind the ropes on both inclines. The railway was completed in 1855.