Northampton Town Roses WI looks to “break stereotypes” to attract new members

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A WI group in Northampton is encouraging new members to join them to help celebrate the national centenary of the women’s institute.

The next meeting of Northampton Town Roses WI is on Monday March 9, 7.30pm.

Group Secretary, Louise Tuffin, said: “The WI still suffers from a somewhat stereotypical image, but we’re definitely not just all about ‘Jam and Jerusalem’!

“As a town centre group we pride ourselves on being a diverse and vibrant group of ladies of all ages and our monthly meetings are a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to our local community.

“At our open evening in March we’ll be running lots of mini workshops including earring making, upcycling and felted beads, to give people a flavour of what we do throughout the year. Members will be around to chat to and there will lots of lovely homemade cakes too; we love to see new faces.”

Part of the Northamptonshire County Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Northampton Town Roses meet on the second Monday of each month.

Louise is fairly new to the group, having joined less than a year ago: “I’m 28 and for many people that may seem incredibly young to be part of a WI, but the Women’s Institute is a modern, dynamic organisation full of opportunities to learn new skills and campaign on issues across the country, which is important to me.

“It’s nice to feel that you’re part of a wider movement; we always have a laugh at our meetings and I’ve already made some fabulous friends that I know I’ll have for life.”

The open evening will take place on Monday 9th March, 7.30 – 9.30pm at the Victoria Road Congregational Church Rooms on Cyril Street. For more information email or visit