Women's institute Annual General Meeting Ashton Make, Bake & Shakers
The womens institute (commonly referred to as the WI) was formed in 1915 and is a massive organisation with over 200'000 members in it's 6'000+ branches in the UK.
I'm not going to go into the history of the WI as you can quite easily find all the info you need on their official site www.thewi.org.uk
Now, although the WI is due to celebrate its centenary in 2015, it still has new branches which are being created... one such branch is the Ashton Make, Bake & Shakers. Located in Ashton Under Lyne which was formed in May 2013.
I think it's safe to say that when you say women's institute to people, they instantly conjure up an image in their head of what that entails and what it's all about..... Well, I can say with total conviction that there was not one single tea cosy in sight!
I was asked by the ladies to capture some images that illustrate the atmosphere of their annual general meeting in a candid style, in order that prospective members get a better idea of what it's all about and furthermore get away from the misconception that it's simply a group of old ladies with knitting needles in their laps. As you can see from the following images that is very far from being the case (I have to confess that I for one had my eyes opened).
The following pictures convey the real atmosphere and will give a clear idea of what to expect if you are to become a member... (at least in terms of their general meetings - I'm sure their weekly events are even more entertaining).
If you wish to join or find out more about the Ashton Make, Bake & Shakers then you can check out their website at
alternatively you can check them out on facebook
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