Public Presentation Team Visit - Longwell Green Women's Institute
Friday 19th October 2018 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones giving an enrichment lecture on the subject of Dracula: The Man Behind the Myth to the ladies of the Tytherington Women’s Institute (WI) at their monthly meeting at the Longwell Green Community Centre Bristol.
With an audience of 80+ WI members, Ash entertained and informed the group with a 45-minute presentation on the subject of the world's most frightening anti-hero, but as ever, there was a strong focus on avoiding scams and frauds and making the audience aware of the dangers of financial exploitation and the many routes such criminal activity may take into their lives.
All the 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 Longwell Green audience have been one of my largest of the year so far and there were many great questions from the crowd. I was very grateful, considering the subject-matter, that we had no fainters or screamers this time!”
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.