How our book group works

I’m delighted to announce that this week, Hebden Bridge WI are guest-tweeting over at the Women Of The WI twitter account. This is a really fun idea where every week a different WI take the reins and get to tweet about their area, their WI and their fantastic members. The idea is to start breaking down stereotypes about the WI in our centenary year.

If you’re on Twitter please follow the account and retweet us. If you’re not on Twitter, you can still read what we’re talking about here but remember that Twitter posts the most recent stuff first so you’ll often be reading a conversation in reverse order (you get used to it).

Because of that, Jen Kaines, who organises our WI book group, has kindly written a small explanation of how our book group works.


When HBWI started there was a lot of discussion around the creation of sub-committees. Reading and books came up a lot and there were a few of us who felt we were a bit stuck in a rut with what we read. We wanted a group where there was no pressure to read a book for the next meeting, especially if you were not enjoying it – and so the concept of a book swap group was born.
The format of the group is quite informal, we meet once a month a week after the main meeting in a local pub, which means we can drop in when we can, have what we like to drink and enjoy chat. We bring books and introduce them – often they are books we enjoyed and recommend, but not always – sometimes we really don’t like them or can not get on with them but want other opinions. Of course not everyone likes the same books and there are lively discussions on book covers (we really think Jojo Moyes needs better covers).
We use paper bookmarks which details who brought the book and what they would like to happen with it when the group has finished with it, sometimes it returns home and other times we donate to our local hospice shop for others to enjoy.
It is our longest running sub-committee and we really enjoy our meetings. I know I have read things I would never have read without the group and would heartily recommend it.
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Thanks Jen. She does a fab job with book group and we’re very grateful.

If you’re a local woman who’s a keen reader, it’s honestly worth joining our WI just so you can come along to book group – it’s blooming brilliant! Membership of the WI is £36 per year and that gives you free entry to 12 diverse and fun meetings per year plus access to our private Facebook group and all the other sub-groups and fun outings that we regularly organise.

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