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New year, new hobby? Join the University’s WI

13 Jan 2017

The University of Manchester Busy Bees WI is recruiting new members

Busy Bees WI

If you’re looking for a new activity for 2017, why not try joining the University’s own WI group, the ‘Busy Bees’. We are Lancashire’s only workplace WI and have been running for just 18 months. As a workplace WI, our activities fit into the busy lifestyles of working women, with lunchtime meetings every Thursday in the UMSA Room, part of the Wellbeing Rooms in the Simon Building (Ground floor).

We are a friendly group of mixed ages and departments. On the first Thursday of each month we have a structured meeting with an activity or speaker, while the remaining Thursdays are relaxed meetings to chat, eat lunch, and craft (if that’s your thing!) The WI’s 101 year history also includes campaigning on important national issues. We have recently been involved in a drive to get more people in Manchester on the organ donor register, and are currently selecting our resolutions for the coming year’s campaign.

Membership of the WI is £39 for January to December 2017. This includes 10 issues of the WI magazine sent to your home, membership of our own group and access to all the county-level activities, as we are part of the Lancashire Federation. Non-members are very welcome to come and ‘try out’ a meeting or two. The main meeting of the month is £2 for non-members, £1 for members, while the informal meetings are free.

The programme for 2017 includes:

  • 2 February -  Speaker: Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan, Manchester Museum “Women in Ancient Egypt & the Women Egyptologists”
  • 2 March - Craft: Preparation for pyrography (Ruth Burns)
  • 6  April - Speed networking: A chance to get to know each other a little better!
  • 4 May - Speaker: Jim Williams “How to sell the Eiffel Tower”
  • 11 May - Meeting to discuss WI Resolutions - if you can't attend, votes will be accepted by email
  • 1 June - Craft:  Arm knitting for beginners - Sue Johnson

Further information

  • Contact
  • Pop along to the UMSA Room in the Simon Building any Thursday lunchtime (1-2pm) to find out more, visit a meeting or become a member