There are rumblings at the Women's Institute, according to this report in the Telegraph. A new group, calling themselves WI Lite, has been set up with the blessing of the organisation near Bramley in Reading where there is already an established group of older WI-ers. WI Lite is aimed at younger women and their activities will include burlesque dancing, sex therapy sessions and art classes with nude male models.
The president of Bramley WI, Pat Jones who is 70, is said to be a bit shocked by it all. "I was disappointed when they said they could start up," she said. "It was also a pity these women didn't want to join us but we are probably too stick in the mud for them. I believe they had a painting session with nude models - that's not the sort of thing we would do. It all seems a bit strange to me."
The article recycles lazy stereotypes about the traditional WI, accusing them of making jam while humming Jerusalem. I'm sure there's more to them than that. But the whole situation will be familiar to those of us in the church who struggle with tradition and want to do something that fits with the rest of our lives. Anyway, must go and put my plum chutney into jars.