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by Flora Drury
Saturday, September 22, 2012
It might seem like the traditional groups are being abandoned in favour of something newer and shinier, yet the WI – long associated with baking cakes and knitting hats – is making a resurgence in Stroud Green.
The Stroud Green Women’s Institute started life less than a year ago, but already is a thriving group attracting women of all ages.
Its success, committee member Helen Parton believes, is down to its embracing the community – both in reality and online.
In fact, the WI, which runs a successful Twitter account, was created after now-president Annie Martin floated the idea on the online community group stroudgreen.org.
“The key to generating membership in organisations is really through regular community involvement,” said the Stapleton Hall Road resident, 35, who points out the group goes out of its way to get involved with events in and around Stroud Green.
But, of course, it is about more than just that. There has to be a reason for people to join the group and the WI is certainly offering that, from the traditional jam making, to the less expected talks from the senior scientific adviser to the BBC’s hugely successful Frozen Planet series.
“We have quite a broad range of activities,” admitted Ms Parton.
The group meets at the Hideaway, Stroud Green Primary School, Ennis Road, on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.
Find out more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on Twitter @StroudGreenWI.