Not all jam and Jerusalem for Harrogate WI

Members of Spa Sweethearts WI are celebrating the organisation's centenary this year by helping to dispel myths about the WI in a bid to reach 100 members. (S)
Members of Spa Sweethearts WI are celebrating the organisation's centenary this year by helping to dispel myths about the WI in a bid to reach 100 members. (S)

The start of 2015 will be marked in style by a Harrogate branch of the Women’s Institute as it begins the celebrations of the organisation’s centenary year.

Spa Sweethearts WI launched 100 Years, 100 members in October, aiming to recruit 100 members during 2015. The group is already well on its way, with more than 60 ladies having signed up before the year had even begun.

Now, plans are in place to make it the most memorable year yet, with several special events planned alongside the monthly meetings.

Spa Sweethearts president Becky Warburton, 26, said: “This is going to be a huge year for the WI. We’re very proud to be part of such a powerful and respected organisation, and we also want to show that the WI is relevant to modern women of all ages and has an important role to play in 21st century life. Our campaign encourages women to leave their preconceptions behind and come along to a meeting with an open mind.”

As part of the group’s campaign, Becky has set up a new Twitter account and each week in 2015 a new group will take over @WomenoftheWI to share news and campaigns.

A programme of events for the year includes learning about international cookery, tea tasting with Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate, an evening exploring the benefits of mindfulness, and carol singing at Christmas.

The group is also organising a residential weekend, and the highlight of the group’s year will be a centenary fair, planned for Saturday, September 12, and members will also be taking part in other celebrations and commemorations in Harrogate and around the UK throughout the year.

To find out more visit www.spasweetheartswi.co.uk.