Women’s Institute: A bumpy start

I blogged in January, that I have joined the local Women’s Institute. For the most part, it’s been a total joy, with me meeting up once a month with some like minded women who I previously only knew from Twitter or not at all, so all should be good right? Well yes and no.

A couple of weeks before the March meeting, there started to be some rumblings of unhappiness amongst some of the members, with a few things posted on the dreaded Facebook page which left a bitter taste in my mouth. I totally understand people might disagree with certain things, but not sure FB is the place to bring them up. The unhappy members also tried to put in a vote of no confidence against the committee and the President, citing that they “had a second on messenger”. This is (IMHO) simply wrong for many reasons, mainly being that FB is not the centre of the universe!!

The Lancashire Federation tried to intervene, but it didn’t really work and the March meeting itself was a couple of hours of awkward, uncomfortable standoffs, arguments and really nothing I thought the WI would be. It has all culminated in a change of committee and president and some of my lovely friends not attending.

You see in the middle of this, we have gathered a little group of ladies together that have a really good laugh. I even got us all together before the March meeting and we went out for Tea at The Oak Tree and it was fab 🙂 The recent dramas might mean that not everyone is into the WI like they first were and I don’t blame them. However, the meeting in April was so much calmer and whilst the talk wasn’t really my thing, the company was just as much fun.

Onwards and Upwards (hopefully)

G x

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