Such is the current interest in WI activities that inaugural meetings in Abergavenny attracted women of all ages and led to the setting up of not just one but two new groups in the town.
The aim is for the groups to attract as wide a range of members as possible by offering them a choice of either afternoon or evening meetings.
The first afternoon meeting will be at 2pm on May 2 and the first evening meeting at 7pm on May 16, both at Abergavenny Community Centre, where everyone will be welcome.
Approximately 25 women attending the afternoon inaugural session at the centre had the opportunity to hear from a member of Govilon WI, Mary Clarke, who sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Federation of WIs.
Mary talked about the WI, its history, its main aim as an educational charity for women and the wide range of courses available at the WI’s own college - Denman, in Marcham.
There followed a short talk from Margaret Power, Chair of the Gwent Federation WI Advisers’ Committee, about the role of the Gwent Federation of WIs and how they support groups at local level.
Jill Rundle then discussed what was required to set up a new WI group and how women could get involved in an environment of fun, friendship and learning.
She also outlined the important campaigning work undertaken by the WI, including the two resolutions going forward this year for approval concerning ‘Alleviating Loneliness’ and ‘Keeping Microfibres Out of Our Oceans’.
The meeting reconvened after a break for refreshments, which were provided by Govilon WI, and a decision was taken to form an afternoon WI in Abergavenny.
Three people volunteered to work with Jill to organise the formation meeting on May 2.
The evening meeting, attended by 36 women, was conducted along the same lines with the same speakers and a decision was taken to form an evening WI, meeting for the first time on Tuesday May 16, with three members of the audience volunteering to help.
Sugarcraft tutor Jill Nicholson will give demonstrations at both meetings.
For more information on joining the new WI groups please call Jill Rundle on 07718 518922 or email: email@example.com