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Post  TP on Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:39 am

Just wondered what you thought about it or whether any of you belong to one? My grannie used to belong to one years ago. I think they try and appeal to the younger woman as well now dont they? I dont belong to one. I have had a look at their website though and spoke to a lady who belongs to one and she said they do all sorts of campaigns which sounds interesting? It looks quite costly to me as well. Sounds a good idea though.

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Post  alec eiffel on Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:41 pm

I know a few people who have been a part of it over the years. I think it's a good thing but it's not for me - I don't care enough about the flavour of jam for an authentic victoria sponge and all that stuff. It's not me!

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Post  flibsey on Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:42 pm

I looked into it, but there's not one local to me. I love the idea, but I'd need it to be much cheaper to be honest.
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Post  marciared on Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:25 pm

I am not really interested and I couldnt afford it anyway.
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Post  mesh on Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:26 am

I use to live in a village in Cambs about 18 miles from anywhere and we had a WI which I joined and thoroughly enjoyed the debates and exchanges which went on, and then I moved back to Manchester and have sinced moved to suffolk now. there has been a new WI started in my village and I looked into joining and like you guys, it was the cost that put me off but I think I will have another look as they are looking for committee members and I fancy myself in tweeds, knitted tights, pearls and pickenese glasses!

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Post  knitmylife on Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:38 am

mesh ive lived all my life in suffolk but am just across the border now in norfolk.

i too have looked into it and thought it expensive.

also the average age in my village is about 95 and i much as i enjoy a mixed age group i would like to join a group where there are people my age too.

i did go to a local knitting group a couple of times but again average 95. not for me on those terms xx
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Post  Bitsy Beans on Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:42 am

LOL how naive am I. I didn't even realise they charged Shocked
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Post  TP on Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:34 pm

it seems they charge for every event.

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Post  stiltwalker on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:24 pm

I know they are trying to attract a wider age range but I think I'd just feel like the baby! We don't have one in our village but there is one in the next village over or if I went 5 miles in the other direction to the village where I used to work I could join the famous (or infamous) one Laughing .
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Post  TP on Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:31 pm

ha i think i might be good on the campaign front.

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Post  mesh on Thu Nov 24, 2011 12:09 am

forgot to say that we did use to sing Jerusalem!!............

I dont recall much in the way of Jam making, I think it was in the background if you wanted to get 'into' that kind of thing man, which I dont mind but I dont want it rammed down my throat.

I still feel its a bit off asking for dosh just to debate, its not as though the WI has any clout. Shocked
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Post  TP on Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:22 am

yesterday we had a surge of guests viewing the forum. I wondered if the Wi knew we were talking about them. Smile

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Post  alec eiffel on Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:24 am

After watching them on Kirstie's show last week they're probably spying on us for... purposes.

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Post  flibsey on Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:09 am

hahahahaha!!! I am loving this thread.
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Post  mesh on Thu Nov 24, 2011 4:39 am

' Now come along girls......... we must get the country sorted out.....' said in my best school ma'am voice.....
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Post  flibsey on Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:29 am

so long as sorting the country doesn't mean I have to weigh my eggs or insist on raspberry jam instead of strawberry in my victoria sponge, I'm Vereh Heppeh. (that's my queen voice.......)
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Post  TP on Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:07 pm

spoke to a woman at the weekend who was 70 and she happened to say she was or had been a member of the WI and she thought they were boring and full of old women ha Very Happy

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Post  TP on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:53 am

I read at the weekend that they have started a WI at a womens prison in Surrey and its thriving. Shocked

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Post  Aisles on Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:01 am

I know our local WI is very engaged in politicial lobbing afterall they are a lobby group.

Our's are always up to someting interesting I believe a group of the older ladies 70's are off to build chicken coups in Bosnia later this summer Shocked

Has picture in head of frail elderly ladies trying to use hammers to bang in nails Shocked


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Re: Your thoughts on the Womens Institute

Post  knitmylife on Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:34 am

i aint singing no hymns.

it all sounded good up til that xx
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