SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Worle Women’s Institute


Wednesday 15th November 2017, has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepting an invitation to join the monthly gathering of the members of the Worle Women’s Institute. As part of the Public Presentation Team enrichment lecture series, Ash delivered the highly regarded ‘Dracula: The Man Behind the Myth’ presentation to the spellbound audience. The presentation takes the audience on the remarkable journey of Vlad Dracul III, the man also known as ‘Vlad The Impaler’, who has become synonymous as being the historical figure that Abraham Stoker based his character ‘Count Dracula’ upon in his gothic novel of 1897. The presentation, which is beautifully illustrated for PowerPoint/Keynote delivery, contains video and sounds effects that kept the audience on the edge of their seats for the whole 50-minute presentation.  


As well as the Dracula presentation The SCLT Public Presentation Team now offer a wider portfolio of talks for community groups and clubs who require a guest speaker for their meetings, luncheons, dinners and other special events throughout the year. The new presentations include topics such as; The British Honours System, Dracula ‘The Man - The Myth’ and Field Marshal Bill Slim – Britain’s Forgotten Hero, as well as their highly popular and award-winning Senior Safety presentations


All the new talks are delivered with the support of state-of-the-art PowerPoint presentations, which include audio and video and are delivered by one of the highly experienced SCLT presenters, who are also members of the Professional Speakers Association.


The Women's Institute (WI), is a community-based organisation for women, was founded in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, by Adelaide Hoodless in 1897. It then expanded to Britain, and later to other countries. Many WIs belong to the Associated Country Women of the World organization.


The British WI movement was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (Llanfair PG), Anglesey Wales. It had two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and it is now the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK. The organisation celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015 and currently has approximately 208,000 members in 7,000 WIs.


Amongst WI aims and activities are providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, enabling them to take part in a wide variety of activities, campaigning on issues that matter to them and their communities.


Every individual WI meets at least once a month and there is usually a speaker, demonstration or activity at every meeting for members to learn and develop a range of different skills. Craft has always played an important role in the WI and thousands of members are involved in a range of different crafts across England and Wales.


The Women's Institute is often associated with food, cooking and healthy eating, and food and cooking form an important part of the WI's history.


At the conclusion of the evening, Ash commented, “As ever, I have really enjoyed my visit to a Women’s Institute. The Worle WI  audience have been one of my best of the year so far and really connected with our the Dracula story. There were many great questions from the crowd and I was very pleased that no one required medical attention due to the fiendishly frightening nature of tonight’s presentation.”


Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the Senior Siren magazine – the award-winning crime prevention and lifestyle magazine of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team.

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