These are some of our members:

Joanne Croxford

Why did you join the WI?After learning about how the WI helped the country during WWII, I too wanted to do my bit to help empower and inspire women to carry on the tradition of the movement.

What’s your greatest extravagance? Everything from the late 30’s/40’s! The clothes, the re-enactments, Lindyhop lessons, everything and all that holds a vintage glow!

What makes you happyBeing able to lead the Belles and the priviledge of being a WI President. I also relish in early to bed, early to rise, wholefoods, mother nature and the general feeling of oneness inspired by the universe and love.

Where would you most like to visit? Bletchley Park circa 1939-when Alan Turing was helping to establish Station X! Without his genius, who knows where we would be now. With that in mind, its with a long-overdue congratulations that the Government are looking to give him a post-human pardon. Apparently they are beginning to realise that one’s sexuality is as exclusive to each as the other. Alan is a beacon of inspiration in the LGBT community and I would have loved to have been a WREN cracking the Enigma at his side!

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? That love really is THE most important ingredient in all of life’s recipes. Overall, loving yourself should be the first brick to establish an unbreakable foundation.

Kelly Phillips

Why did you join the WI? To meet some new people with similar interests

What’s your greatest extravagance? Hmmm…craft magazines and knitting supplies?

If you could be granted one wish what would it be? That my family would continue to be happy and healthy.

What would be your favourite three course meal? My husband’s Spicy Lentil Bake and a dessert involving chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Who would you most like to meet and why? The characters from Pride & Prejudice particularly Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy. I want to know what happened next.

Fiona McArthur

Where are you from? Lasswade, 7 miles south of Edinburgh

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Honest, reliable and hard working.

What is your claim to fame? Appearing on Chanel 4 news (commenting after the budget announcement on how the government increasing employers national insurance was detrimental to business expansion).

Where do you like to go on holiday and why?  India – when I was in Girl Guides I did a project on the country so this sparked an interest, or Morocco.

What makes you happyWatching my daughter when she is asleep (peace at last!)

Laura Pryke

Why did you join the WI? I relocated to Cambridge from London last October, and so was looking make new friends and maybe learn some new skills along the way. Succeeding on both counts so far!

What is your claim to fame? My hand-embroidered knitwear (insert shamelesss plug here: has been featured in Grazia magazine and, perhaps less illustriously, photographed on Cher Lloyd from X Factor…

Where do you like to go on holiday and why? Well as I’ve been there for the last 3 years running I guess I’ll have to say Wales. It has such a variety of beautiful landscapes, but the Pembrokeshire coast is a particular favourite.

What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? I’m loathe to roll out such a cliche but “Happiness is a journey not a destination” does sum it up. I try my best to be content in the moment, not always chasing rainbows.

Who would play you in a film about your life? I’m going to say Ruth Wilson because I love her, despite her bearing no resemblance physical or otherwise to myself. She’s extremely talented, I’m sure she’ll cope…