The WI is very much an atmosphere of growth. During the two years I've been a member we've learned such a variety of skills. We can now make cocktails from ice-cream, we've been taught what makes a great beer from a local independent brewery, how to make seed bombs and make an insect friendly garden...
I joined soon after and have never looked back. Having moved to Bristol through work (at the time, I managed a shop and the only people I knew were the people working for me), I was desperate to meet new friends and people in my community. I wanted to try new things and do something of an evening that resulted in more than just sitting in front of the soaps.
People are often intrigued as to what the 'new breed' of modern WIs' actually do during their meetings. Do they bake cakes, sing Jerusalem or perhaps hate on men? The answer is none of the above (I do eat cakes that other people make though).
A former hostage has spoken of the moment he walked into a Women's Institute meeting to give a talk on international piracy
Not a headline you read every day, we grant you. But then not every day has a story like this one, from the North Devon Journal
Yes, there have always been 'trends' in food, just as on the catwalk, but there seems to be more prominence placed on Russell Norman's downstairs red titan bar, Scandinavian foams, pickling, offal, and a return to casual dining (with those minimal menus), than in previous years.