New WI group for town

A THRIVING organisation is inviting ladies in Morpeth to join the fun.

A branch of the Women’s Institute (WI) is being set up in the town and there has already been a lot of interest. An exploratory meeting will take place on Monday.

There are 117 WIs across the county and Northumberland Federation advisors Wendy Slater and Moira Bengston have been making plans for the new addition over the last few months.

Members enjoy a wide range of activities at meetings. They cover areas such as arts and crafts, leisure, cookery, science and creative writing. There are also visits to places of interest and guest speakers.

Mrs Bengston said: “There used to be a group in Morpeth years ago and although there are some WI branches nearby, we think the ladies of Morpeth deserve to have one in the town centre.

“We had an initial stand in Morrisons to find out what women thought about the idea of a new branch and we had a lovely response. Those interested include ladies who had been in WIs before and a few younger women.

“As well as being a place where you can have fun, share skills and make new friends, the WI can help ladies if they need a bit of support.”

She added that women can be members of more than one group if they wish.

Mrs Slater said: “The WI has changed quite a lot in recent years – we’re not all Jam and Jerusalem. Activities at the Northumberland branches include dancing, fashion shows and Zumba.”

The exploratory meeting is being held in St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate, from 7.30pm. For more information, call 01434 344015 (Mrs Bengston) or 0191 236 5226 (Mrs Slater).