Stowupland's Women's Institute
The WI in Stowupland held its first meeting in 1939. For several years it was known as Stowupland and Creeting St.Peter WI . The main purpose for the WI was ‘to improve and develop conditions of the poor’.
In its early years the WI met in the B.B Hut before moving to the Village Hall.
In 2021 local women took the decision that they wanted to terminate their affiliation to the National Federation of WI . Locally the general feeling was that NFWI had done little to support our group through Covid-19 and it was ill advised in expecting members to pay their normal annual subscriptions.
On September 9th 2021 former members of Stowupland WI gathered together for the first meeting of a new women’s group Stowupland’s ‘Ladybirds’ for support and discussion.
In 2000 the ladies of Stowupland and Creeting St Peter WI put together a folder for ‘The Millennium Challenge Landscape Recording Project 1999’.
Members wrote down their thoughts about the village, others typed pieces of verse or contributed photos.
Judy Clarke wrote an interesting piece on everyday life in ‘ 20th Century Stowupland’.
In March 1999, residents and members gathered in Stowupland cemetery to plant a Millenium Oak
The ladies concluded with their hopes or fears for the future. They hoped Stowupland would retain its ‘village identity’ that farms would ‘continue to prosper’ and not ‘sell their land for new housing’ and that ‘provided we continue to support our local facilities we may maintain our village status, for a while anyway, and not just become a suburb of Stowmarket’.