Chester Devas WI is inviting women in the region to come along to one of its monthly meetings to see what the WI has to offer.

Formed in February 2015 by a group of women looking for new social opportunities in the city and the opportunity to contribute to a worthwhile cause, Chester Devas has gone from strength to strength in its first year.

Members have tried their hands (and feet) at everything from belly dancing to self-defence, crochet to Christmas paper craft, with ghost walks and talks on the cultural history of the female body in between.

With a dedicated committee of nine and a growing membership, Chester Devas WI seeks to provide opportunities for the women of Chester to ‘make friends, make stuff, and make change’ – all fundamental principles of the Women’s Institute nationally.

With gender inequality remaining high on the social, political and economic agendas in 2016, the WI retains an important role in women’s empowerment, as well as in regional and national politics.

Recently, to mark the group’s first birthday, members embarked upon a Walk Around the Walls of Chester, complete with a hand-made banner emblazoned with their name in the WI colours of green and purple. It’s no coincidence these colours are also those associated with the suffragette movement.

Members also sported green and purple flower rosettes and enjoyed tea and cake afterwards at Stanley Palace on Watergate Street.

Chester women who have always wanted to give the WI a try are encouraged to come along to a meeting to see for themselves what the WI has to offer.

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