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In 1983 when the Women's Institute complied with the decision to split Yorkshire into four regions a group of Yorkshire Countrywomen decided to take matters into their own hands, and the Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association was born.

Still thriving today, we have branches across Yorkshire which operate locally and regionally bringing women together to form long-lasting friendships. 

Whether your interests are crafts, competitions, holidays or outings, gardening or just fun and friendship, we hope we offer something to suit all tastes.

Branches meet in various local venues, or even a member's own home once a month for a get-together or to be entertained by a speaker or demonstrator.

In addition Central Committee organise several events which bring members from all Ridings together. These include our AGM in May with a guest speaker, Autumn Meeting in October, which is purely a social event with two speakers, culminating at the end of the year with our County Carol Service in York Minster. Our members also like to get together on Yorkshire Day to celebrate. 

One of our more traditional events is our Annual Craft Competition for YCA members which includes classes for photography, poetry, card making, cross stitch, knitting, patchwork, floristry, cookery and many more.

The Affiliation fee to the Association is £10 per year per member, and each Branch levies a subscription to cover its own running costs. Assets of a Branch are vested in the Branch individually and are not subject to control by either the Central or Riding Committee.