Village women’s institute increases membership by 16 in just fifteen months

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This year is set to be one of celebration for Ribchester and District Women’s Institute.

As well as marking its 70th birthday, the institute is celebrating a revival, with membership numbers up since November 2012, from 23 to 39.

Subjects range from planting in small gardens to murder investigations and the Pendle Witches, there are talks and demonstrations to suit all tastes; business meetings to discuss forthcoming events and decide on input to the national WI campaigns such as increasing midwife numbers, a fair deal for dairy farmers and helping to save high streets and town centres.

Special celebratory events include an open evening tonight (Wed) to mark International Women’s Day; a visit from Peter Foley in April for a talk about plants; a WI stall at Ribchester May Market as well as a 1940s themed Birthday and a Christmas Party at the New Drop in December.

As part of the save the high street Shop Local campaign, members are working to support the centre of Longridge.

The WI meets every second Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm at St Peter and Paul’s Parish Centre and visitors, guests and prospective new members are welcome.