Seaton WI aim to banish ‘boring’ tag
Last updated at 15:08, Friday, 20 September 2013
A group of Seaton women are swapping jam and Jerusalem for jiving and gyrating.
The 30 villagers are setting up a Women’s Institute and are keen to shake off the traditional image of WIs as an older woman’s pastime.
The branch, called Seaton Bookaneers because it will meet in the village library, wants to host belly-dancing nights, chocolate indulgence evenings and go out on trips.
The youngest member of the group is in her early 40s and the oldest in her mid-70s.
Gill Reid, 52, of Ling Beck Park, the group’s president and an assistant at the library, said: “It’s a good way of meeting new people and learning about new things.
“We just want to do something fun. I feel quite privileged to be at the beginning of a new group and making it how we want it to be.”
Interest in forming a WI was sparked when Gill spoke to Margaret Suddart, a member of the executive committee of the Cumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes.
She encouraged her to look into starting a WI in Seaton.
Seaton’s last WI branch folded five years ago after 60 years because of a shortage of women members.
Anne Hindmoor, 49, of Ling Beck View, said: “I wanted to join to meet new people and learn new things.”
Eileen Bradley, 67, of Fernleigh Drive, said: “I was curious to see what the WI was and what they did. I am looking forward to meeting some of the guest speakers we are planning to have.”
The group will officially be formed at a meeting on October 14.
They will meet at the library at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month.
First published at 14:51, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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