Opening of third WI heaven sent for Brigg

The bell calls for Brigg's new WI Group President Karen Deeley. EMN-140320-075913001
The bell calls for Brigg's new WI Group President Karen Deeley. EMN-140320-075913001

Brigg is proving to be the beating heart of the WI - with the town now having three branches of the women only national organisation.

The town has for several years had two groups, an evening group meeting at 7pm on the second Tuesday and a morning group, meeting once a month on the second Wednesday at 10am, which has a waiting list for would be members.

Now a new branch has been launched - Brigg Angels WI.

And in a new initiative, instead of meeting at WI House in Queen Street, as the two more established groups do, the new WI will meet in the Angel Suite on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm.

President of the new group is Karen Deeley, who is optimistic it will go from strength to strength.

“My hopes are that we shall have a diverse age group and develop fresh ideas,” she said.

“We plan to put on a range of speakers and activities to cover a cross section of interests.

“We want the group to exist on a friendship basis as well.”

At the May meeting, the speaker will be from the Scunthorpe Women’s Refuge and there will be a talk on the Amber Project.

“We shall be launching a Knicker Jar appeal to support the refuge,” added Karen.

The first meeting of the ‘Brigg Angels WI’ attracted around 15 members, all keen to learn more about what would be on offer.

Meanwhile, Brigg Morning WI attracts around 50 members.

It underwent a growth spurt as more women in the past 10 years have retired early from full time work.

The town is already the headquarters for the regional WI, with the Humberside Federation of WIs based at WI House in the town’s Queen Street located WI House.

The Humberside Federation formed in 1977 and covers the south bank of the River Humber.

There are currently 41 individual WIs groups within the federation, headed up by chairman Sue Hawney.

As part of the National WI centenary celebrations, Humberside Federation will receive the centenary baton on May 21 and will hand it over to Lincolnshire North Federation on May 28.

Anyone who would like to join the newly formed group or find out about the other groups in the federation should call 01652 653641, during office hours, or email