Country Escape : May 2014

Welsh Border Life

Ninety nine years on, Jules discovers how a handful of women on Anglesey formed what is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK: the WI

One of the things I relish in life are those days when you make the sort of chance discovery that reveals something new and exciting about a thing you thought you knew, but didn’t. Take theWI for example. Over the last few years, I’ve spoken at many WI gatherings across the Welsh Borders and they’re always great fun. Don’t think for one minute that it’s all jam and Jerusalem, stern faces and tweed. Ever since the film Calendar Girls hit our screens and, led by Helen Mirren, a handful of women revealed virtually everything for charity, a good many have thought again about how we view Britain’s largest women’s organisation, including me.

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