Yarns and Threads: 100 years of Norfolk WI
Yarns and Threads - Norfolk Federation

Yarns and Threads - Norfolk Federation

November 6, 2020

In this episode, Kate, Nicola and Stacey visit Evelyn Suffield House, the home of Norfolk Federation Office, to meet Margaret Collingwood and Louise Casson, the Federation's Chair and Secretary.

Margaret and Louise share stories and experiences relating to each of the themes of our previous episodes, as well as discussing the Federation's history - covering the origins of the House, leading ladies Lady Denman and Evelyn Suffield, and our archives. As well as chatting about our centenary celebrations, we gain an insight into what it's really like being a Federation Secretary (hint: very, very busy!!) and discuss the challenges and triumphs of running a WI during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yarns and Threads - The Future of the WI, Part 2

Yarns and Threads - The Future of the WI, Part 2

November 6, 2020

Rosemary, Jill and Roxy chat with Tracey from Norfolk’s first ever workplace WI: The Girls at 31.
We learn all about why their employer; Flagship Group, created this for its female workforce. Not forgetting their own men's shed too! Surely we’ll be seeing more of these in the future to be flexible around working lives? Let's hope so!

Yarns and Threads -The Future of the WI, Part 1

Yarns and Threads -The Future of the WI, Part 1

November 3, 2020

This episode explores what the future may hold for the Women’s Institute. First, we hear from Gemma and Roxy with what’s in store for us at the Golden Triangle Girls as a modern group. Riding off on a horse of sass, apparently?
Then Kate, Rosemary and Roxy interview some lovely ladies of Terrington St Clement WI: Sue, Molly and Frauke. They tell us what it's like in a traditional Norfolk WI that’s been going for over 90 years! We had so much to say about the Future... look out for more episodes coming soon...

Yarns and Threads - Sisterhood

Yarns and Threads - Sisterhood

November 3, 2020

Roxy and Gemma meet with Rowan, Keilah, Jemma and Lynsey from Balham WI to discuss sisterhood, campaigning and what being a WI member means to them. They discuss the WI's social clout with 20,000+ members, pushing boundaries regarding stereotypes and supporting campaigns - such as ending FGM and revenge porn. Kate and Emily from the Golden Triangle Girls then discuss the empowering nature of the WI, safe spaces, growing confidence as a member and using your voice as a strong, independent woman. 

Yarns and Threads - Learning and Skills

Yarns and Threads - Learning and Skills

July 23, 2020

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educationational opportunities and the chance to gain new skills. Sarah, Bridget, Jenna and Stacey speak to members of Brooke WI, Swallowtails WI and Golden Triangle Girls WI about the diverse skills and learning opportunities their membership brings - from burlesque dancing and calligraphy to leadership and campaigning! 

Yarns and Threads - Families in the WI

Yarns and Threads - Families in the WI

July 5, 2020

It's not unusual for generations of the same family to be members of the WI - so Kate, Rosemary and Roxy speak to members whose families have joined the WI too! Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, great-grandmothers and wider family share their experiences- from googling what the WI was to running for President!

With thanks to members of All Saints WI, Golden Triangle Girls WI, Swallowtails WI, Terrington St Clements WI and City WI. 

 

Yarns and Threads - Founders

Yarns and Threads - Founders

June 18, 2020

In our first episode, we interview some inspiring members who have all gone through a particular rite of passage - founding a Women's Institute! We look into their experiences of founding a WI - from what motivated them to start one and how they went about it, to how their WIs are faring today. With thanks to the members of Swallowtails WI and City WI in Norwich!

Yarns and Threads - An Introduction

Yarns and Threads - An Introduction

June 11, 2020

Gemma, Roxy and Stacey introduce our podcast and the motivation behind it!

The Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes is 100 years old! To mark the occasion, members of Golden Triangle Girls WI recorded the experiences of what it's like to be a member of the WI today, meeting many inspiring women along the way. 

Our volunteers learned how to record, edit and host a podcast thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We hope you enjoy listening!

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