New WI group aimed at younger women
Posted 14 July, 2009
A NEW city-based Women’s Institute group is aiming to bring the values of the long-established concern to a whole new generation.
Seven Hills WI has been created especially for younger women living or working in and around Sheffield.
The group will meet monthly to listen to speakers, hold craft workshops, learn to belly dance, mix cocktails or hold clothes swapping parties.
The group has been formed by north Sheffield resident Lindsay Garfitt and her friend Jennifer Marsden, who were looking for a new place allow women to get together, learn new skills and have fun.
Lindsay, 24, said: “I had read about the new Women’s Institutes for younger women being formed in London, which had been hugely successful, and began looking for one to join in Sheffield.
“When I discovered there was nothing like that in the city, I decided to set up my own group, doing the kind of things that appeal to young women today.
“Seven Hills WI is for anyone, from students who want a new interest, to mums who need a break from the kids. While we respect the traditions of the WI, we want to make our group relevant to today’s women so you won’t find us singing Jerusalem or making jam – unless our members want to, that is!”
The first meeting of Seven Hills WI will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 7.30pm in the upstairs room of the Red Deer pub, Pitt Street. It is completely free to attend and there will be complimentary wine and cakes.