I went to my first Women's Institute meeting last night. Having long bemoaned the fact that there has never been a WI in my area I felt obliged to go along when I read in the local paper that a local branch had been started.
Unfortunately, the resident womble in our house managed to recycle the paper before I had a chance to make a note of the date of the first meeting. I emailed the WI area secretary and by the time I had a reply, the first monthly meeting had passed. So, last night off I duly went to the second meeting.
I was quite impressed. There were about forty women there. I was actually very surprised to see so much interest in the WI here, which probably goes to prove that I shouldn't make assumptions.
There has already been a cinema trip, and for this month a trip is planned to the Country Living Fair. I would love to go, but am banning myself from even thinking about it. I have a wedding to save up for!
I am hoping there will be spin off groups and workshops, opportunities to learn new things. There is already talk of a book group, and I would like to find a friendly soul to teach me crochet, after my last disastrous attempt during which it became obvious that I lack the part of the brain that is responsible for fibre arts.
I am looking forward to the next meeting which apparently will involve Christmas crafts and Swishing.
Neither Jam nor 'Jerusalem' were even mentioned.