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It’s not all tea and biscuits

Jerry Silvester takes a look at the modern day Women’s Institute

What comes to mind when you hear of the Women’s Institute or WI? Tea? Cake? OAPs knitting and moaning about their husbands? Or maybe you think it’s merely something that is somewhat extinct today, an institution that once existed but one which has steadily been made redundant in the ever-changing, ever-progressing climate in which we live. Whilst tea is probably still a prevalent part of this movement, these outdated assumptions about a long-standing community perhaps need and deserve a fresh pair of eyes.

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About Be Kind

Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor