Forget jam and Jerusalem, Hayley’s WI is pretty cool

Hayley Kurt is the president of the new WI formed King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hayley Kurt is the president of the new WI formed King's Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Women's Institutes perhaps conjure up images of older ladies making delicious jam whilst joyfully singing Jerusalem.

But Hayley Kurt, 33, has just opened the doors of a new WI in the heart of King's Lynn and is keen to show that by meeting new people and having fun can only be a cool thing.

Whilst keeping with traditions such as baking and flower arranging, there is also a modern twist with activities like cocktail making and belly dancing.

Miss Kurt, president of the Providence Street WI, which is held in the King's Lynn Youth and Community Centre said they had around 20 women turn up for the first meeting.

She said: 'I was really chuffed. I think more people will come to the next one. It's an excuse to get together, meet new people and most importantly have a laugh.

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'We welcome any lady that would like to come along and join a group of women that want to have a fun night out, with the benefit of finding out something new.

She added: 'Each month there will be a different speaker and ideas for have been suggested by the women who came along to the meeting.'

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The idea of starting a new, more modern WI came to Miss Kurt after chatting to friends and realising that there was no where locally to meet and share interests.

She said: 'I've got a group of friends who I have known for years, and recently discovered that we've got shared interests like baking, sewing and knitting that

we never talked about because we didn't think it was cool.

'So I started a W.I. to celebrate them. I'm really excited that we'll all be able to get together to learn new things and enjoy hobbies, while spending time over a glass of wine.'

Miss Kurt has set up a Facebook page, Providence Street WI, and holds the meetings on the second Monday of each month.

Hayley Kurt can also be contacted by email on or by calling 07828 087612.

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