Exciting times ahead after new WI’s successful opening

NEARLY 100 guests attended the historic first meeting of the newly created Dovestone Women’s Institute.

Jackie Hobson, chair of the Lancashire WI Federation, officially opened proceedings of the newest WI group in England, Wales and the islands.

Held at the Royal George Hotel, Greenfield, the meeting, attended by 91 women, was described as “productive” and set out the direction and ethos of one of the UK’s newest Women’s Institutes.

An enthusiastic discussion took place in line with the aims of encouraging friendship and mutual support.

Attendees heard about a busy programme ahead of social, educational and charitable activities.

Ged King, founder of the Skullfades Foundation, is the next speaker on Wednesday, May 15 followed on June 19 by a talk from a representative of Manchester Street Action Health.

Since setting up Skullfades, Ged helps the homeless, disadvantaged and ex-service personnel in Manchester by offering them haircuts and shaves.

Additionally, Ged offers training and teaches barbering skills in a compassionate, encouraging and inspiring environment.

His aim is to give back belief and a sense of worth to rough sleepers. The Skullfades Foundation has also worked in refugee camps in Calais, helping and teaching the same principals.

Ged wants to expand this ethos across local communities which Dovestone WI also hopes to do.
Manchester Action Street Health (MASG)provides support to sex workers on the streets of Manchester and to women who are suffering abuse or in a women’s refuge.

For further information on Dovestone WI-one of around 6,300-and their future activities, visit the group’s Facebook page or www.dovestonewi.com

Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Wimberry Suite at the Royal George. New members and guests are very welcome.

Guests can attend two ‘taster’ meetings before joining the W.I. The annual subscription, which is on a sliding scale, is £31.50 for the remainder of the year, April to December.

A £1 donation per member is required and £3 for non-members per meeting towards running costs and refreshments. Meetings will start at 8.15pm.

However, members and visitors are asked to arrive from 7.15 pm onwards to register in the downstairs bar.

Pictured: (L-R) Rachel Gandy, Trainee WI Adviser; Emma Carl, DWI Committee Member; Tricia Leigh, DWI Press Secretary; Janet Mills, DWI Secretary; Judith Pugh, WI Financial examiner; Susan Collins, DWI Co Treasurer; Jackie Hobson, Federation Chair; Michelle Petruzzelli, DWI Committee Member; Jane McCavan, Committee Member; Jessica Moreland, DWI President; and Beth Pennington, Committee Member.

Also on the committee but not pictured: Claire Ramsden, DWI Vice President; and Victoria Jackson, Treasurer.

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