This episode is dedicated to the memory of Alison Quill, who was President of the branch from 2019, until her death in April 2022.
Tiggi talks to Natalyia Wills, a member of the local WI since 2015. She is on a mission to bust the myth that the WI is not only ‘Jam and Jerusalem’.
Since 1915 when the first WI was formed in Wales, many resolutions from them have been made directly to Government. They have been influencing on so many important matters since, including social housing, HIV and Aids awareness, and Care Not Custody for Women. Back in the 1970s they were even campaigning on environmental issues.
During the two world wars, the WI organisation started to empower women in rural areas to support the war effort. The organisation went from strength to strength.
Currently the WI has a membership of 220,000. Still the largest and arguably the most powerful women’s group in the UK