WI jam packed with more than just baking

MY first meeting at the Wonky WI last week was fantastic. Along with their great work that was reported in the Observer on the Moveable Feast garden, there was a vibrant, fuss-free meeting of more than 50 local women who care about their community as well as enhancing the lives of women.

Within the first 30 minutes of the meeting we had already learnt how to resuscitate and give CPR to a baby, child and adult – which was followed by a brilliant session from the founder of Green & Blacks and learning how to taste chocolate like a pro. Although last week was my first local meeting, I have worked alongside the Women’s Institute nationally in the House of Lords with their campaign against the Government’s cuts to Legal Aid for domestic violence victims; their professionalism and commitment to protecting women was and is admirable.

So I would recommend and commend the WI, wonky or traditional, to anyone who thinks its all about baking, because it is actually jam packed with plenty of other things for women to sink their teeth in to, with genuinely something for everyone.

If you want to find out more about our wonderful local WI please see either www.wonkywi.com and www.esfwi.org.uk.

SARAH OWEN

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings and Rye