It is nearly one whole year since we set up Lytham Belles WI.
I read a magazine article in January last year about the Shoreditch Sisters WI and I thought it would be great to have a group like that in this area.
After contacting the WI Federation, I was told there was a group in Lytham which met on a Tuesday morning, no good for me with work. I asked if there was anything stopping me setting up another group which could meet in the evening, and was told no there was no reason not to and I was assigned Pam who was to be our adviser.
I met Pam for a coffee one morning in January, I was able to tell her that I had a few friends interested, had set up a Facebook page and had a hall sorted and intended to run the first Sunday of each month. Pam gave me all the information I needed and we arranged to have the first meeting on Sunday 5th February 2012, Pam would come along with another adviser, Ann, to official set up the group.
Pam asked me how many people I thought would be there, "Between 20 and 30 I hope", I remember saying to her. 65 ladies turned up to that first meeting !, and the group has gone from strength to strength.
We have a great committee who have all worked really hard all year and fantastic supportive members.
We have had some interesting meetings, tried out new things and become involved in the wider community, forging links with the ParkView 4U organisation and also working alongside The Council at the 1940's Wartime Weekend.
The best part for me personally has been the great women I have met and the new friendships formed.
Surely that is something to be celebrated, so we are having a First birthday Party, A Vintage Tea Party to be precise.....
Would you like to come ?