You may, if you’ve ever read my twitter profile or blog bio, know that I am in the WI. I’m a member, and the president of, Hallam Roses WI here in Sheffield, and as it’s the WI’s centenary year I wanted to take the time to write about why I am a member of the WI, and what it means to me. I get asked so many questions about being a member of the WI, I thought the best way would be to start with those, but if you’d like to know anything shout up…….
I went along to a lot of WI meetings when I lived in Leeds because it seemed like a fun thing to do. I was starting to get more and more into making things but the people in my friendship groups thought it was nerdy, so I looked for something else that would satisfy my crafting needs and Buns and Roses WI popped up. I mainly attended the crafty meetings they ran that didn’t require you to be a member as they were full, but it sowed the seed for me to love the WI.
Isn’t it just for old ladies?
That depends what you think of as old – I’m getting a bit past it now you see 😉 But some of the ‘older’ ladies I have met through the WI with are pretty amazing. They are some of the most spirited and passionate people I’ve had the joy of interacting with. And I certainly wouldn’t like to get on their bad side.
But we’re one of the younger WI’s in Sheffield and our group has members aged early 20’s upwards (I wouldn’t like to speculate the top end!).
Is it all Jam and Jerusalem?
What’s the best thing about being a member of the WI?
But for me, the best thing about being a member of the WI is that I am surrounded by so many amazing, creative, supportive women on a monthly basis. I’ve met some wonderful friends and learnt so much not only from the sessions, but also from the other members. Yes, running a group takes up a lot of time that many of us don’t have but I’m 100% sure that what I get back is worth more than my time (god, I sound like I am trying to induct you into the fold. Sorry about that – maybe I am.)
If joining a WI is something that you’ve thought about then I’d highly recommend finding your nearest group and going along to see what it’s all about. Most WI’s have guest membership so you can see what you think before joining up – and there is a list of all the WI’s in the country here.