By Rachael (Clifton Doves)
October saw the first anniversary of a newly formed WI – Clifton Doves, and the positive impact on women in and around Clifton has been immediate.
A small group of young women got their heads together and decided that a WI was needed in our community and they were right.
With an average of around 30 to 40 members attending the village hall on the second Monday of the month, this new WI group has enriched the lives of those attending.
Our first full year has been varied with hardly any jam and no Jerusalem in sight.
Ladies have had the opportunity to take part in different activities ranging from tai chi and morris dancing to various craft and social activities, as well as receiving speakers from the Clifton Responders and the Nottingham Bat Conservation group amongst many other fun and informative evenings.
Ladies can join the Reading Group and Craft Club which are held every other month or just come along to the Knit and Natter Group held in a local pub. You can do as much or as little as you wish.
Community spirit is well known around Clifton and the WI ladies are no exception.
During the year support has been given to the prem baby unit – our ladies can knit or crochet up a storm – a women’s refuge and various animal charities.
Volunteers have litter-picked, become involved with the Olio online food sharing community and have assisted at the NTU allotment during the summer.
There is now a growing group of ladies who want to have fun, learn new skills, help others and make new friends.
We enjoy social get-togethers as well as our regular meetings. The programme for 2019 will soon be available on our Facebook page (@wicliftondoves) or for further information contact us by email at email@example.com.
Want to come along? You will be made most welcome.
The Women’s Institute was formed in 1915 and is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK with almost 220,000 members, providing women with the chance to learn new skills and make new friends, campaigning on issues that matter to them. The WI is non-religious and non-party political.