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Gleanings from Gloucestershire Housewives WI Cookery book

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A well thumbed but rather wonderful local 1948 Cookery Book, entitled Gleanings from Gloucestershire Housewives. Produced by the local Women's Institute and full of fun recipes. Great fun as a present or to try some out! How about a Speech Hose Forest of Dean Pudding?

Like us, this is slightly shabby but (we hope) greatly appreciated!

History Of The Women's Institute In England

The Women's Institute has been a fixture in rural England since 1915, but its beginnings were quite humble. A small group of women gathered together to share their skills and knowledge, not imagining that they would become an iconic part of the English countryside. Today, the WI is as much about building community and providing fellowship among members as it is about learning new things - something we all need right now more than ever!

As a symbol of resilience in the face of adversity, The Women’s Institute stands out for those seeking connection. From traditional tea parties to debates on local or current affairs, this unique organisation offers opportunities for meaningful engagement with other women across generations. It's a place where they can come together to explore their ideas and interests as well as learn from one another - making it truly special.

What began over 100 years ago continues to be relevant today; the history of the Women’s Institute speaks volumes about how vital communal bonds are to us all. 

Overview Of The WI In England

The Women's Institute has been a part of the English landscape for over one hundred years. Since its establishment in 1915, it has served as an invaluable source of support and solidarity with women across the country. Not only have members gained knowledge on topics ranging from cooking to crafts, but they've also built powerful communities that are rooted in shared values and mutual respect.

From village hall meetings to educational seminars, WI members have had countless opportunities to come together, learn new skills, and create lasting friendships along the way. This is especially true today - with more than 212,000 members across England, the organisation continues to provide a safe space for learning and connection amongst like-minded individuals. As these gatherings become increasingly accessible via online platforms and other digital media outlets, their reach extends far beyond what was initially imaginable when WI first started all those years ago. That said, there is nothing quite like visiting your local group in person.

Today’s modern-day WI offers something unique: a place where women can come together regardless of age, background, or location to explore their passions while meeting others who share similar interests. From inspiring conversations around subjects pertinent to everyday lives to helping each other navigate through difficult times – this wonderful organisation continues to offer possibilities for growth, fellowship, and empowerment.

Impact Of The WI On Modern England

The Women's Institute (WI) in England has had a profound impact on modern life, making it an invaluable part of the country’s history. Founded by women seeking improved education and quality of life, today the WI brings together like-minded individuals across the UK. From running small businesses to tackling major issues such as climate change, members are encouraged to take action through campaigns, workshops, and events which provide them with support and guidance. WI members have also been instrumental in campaigning for domestic violence laws, as well as advocating better access to healthcare services.

The WI is more than just a social club; its influence reaches far beyond what most would expect. Through their tireless efforts, they have changed mindsets, burning brighter each year while inspiring future generations along the way. As we look towards the future, let us remember those who forged ahead before us and continue building upon their legacy so that everyone can benefit from their hard work.


The group local to Moody Mabel puts on regular events such as history sessions about our local small village.