Almost a century of inspiring women

Cover girl Patricia Ridger
Cover girl Patricia Ridger
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A Ludford woman is flying high after becoming the cover girl for a national magazine with a readership of more than 200,000.

Patricia Ridger has been featured in this month’s edition of WI Life, which goes out to all WI members across England and Wales.

But is not her jam making skills or rendition of Jerusalem - although both excellent - that has brought her to prominence, but her life thousands of feet in the air.

Patricia was picked for the ‘inspiring women’ feature of the magazine for her life as a glider pilot and full category instructor.

“It was a great experience being interviewed for the piece,” said Patricia.

“It took almost a whole day, with a reporter, make-up artist and photographer, who must have taken 300 pictures.

“They put me at ease and it was really exciting waiting to see what would be included.”

Patricia belongs to the Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington and always makes sure she has her WI badge visible on her flying suit.

“I joined my village WI almost 20 years ago,” added Patricia.

“My mother was and still is a member of the WI were she lives, so I have always known about the organisation.

“I enjoy crafts and cookery, but there is a lot more going on.

“We have some very interesting speakers - I am always fascinated by other people’s lives - and I have been on lots of courses and events run by the federation.”