Successful six make history as they launch Burnley’s first Women’s Institute

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Meet the six women who aim to create a bit of history in Burnley.

For they are the driving force behind the launch of the town’s first ever branch of the Women’s Institute.

Womens Institute who have set up in Burnley'Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

Womens Institute who have set up in Burnley'Photo: Kelvin Stuttard

A branch has never been formed in Burnley although there has always been a demand so Jean Ringham decided to make it become a reality. She enlisted the help of her colleagues, Freda Childs and Deborah Kilbride, and the inaugural meeting attracted 50 women.

“We could not believe the response, it was terrific, thanks to a story about the launch in the Burnley Express,’’ said Jean who works as a health and social care assessor at Nelson and Colne College.

A committee has been formed with Jean as president and Freda as secretary and it is all systems go for meetings that will be held on the third Thursday of every month at St Matthew’s Church hall off Manchester Road, Burnley at 7-30pm. There will be regular speakers, activities and crafts and chance to get to meet new people.

Jean said: “The social side of the branch is very important to us for members to come along and have a good chat and make lots of new friends.’’

All are welcome and you can just turn up on the night.

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