SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit Winterbourne Womens Institute


Thursday 14th March 2019, has seen SCLT volunteer Ashley Jones joining the Ladies of the Winterbourne Womens Institute for their monthly meeting at St Michael's Meeting Room in the South Gloucstershire town of Winterbourne.


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.



Public Presentation Team Visit - Winterbourne Womens Institute

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The presentation selected by the ladies for the visit was one of the most popular within the portfolio of talks presently offered by the SCLT Public Presentation Team, that being the enrichment lecture on the history and structure of the world renowned Nobel Prizes. The presentation takes the audience on a journey through the fascinating history of the World's most prestigious international award ~ presented for excellence in the fields of; literature, medicine, physics, economics, chemistry and peace, the Nobel Prize is the elite, global accolade. The talk explains why Alfred Nobel established the award, how individuals and groups are selected for the honour and considers some of the more well-known and celebrated Nobel Laureates. The intriguing talk, has been created by one of the SCLT volunteer presenters, who has researched this theme at the Nobel Centre in Stockholm.


At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “It has been a real delight to join the ladies of the Winterbourne WI and to have been their evening meeting guest speaker. The group were very receptive to the subject of today’s enrichment lecture and had a host of well thought-out questions for me after the main presentation.”


Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine.