Friday, February 19, 2010

On This Day......Jam And Jerusalem

On the 19th February Adelaide Hoodless founded the Women's Institute. Whilst the WI is often regarded as something archetypal of the British way of life, it was in fact founded in Canada to partner the Farmer's Institute.

The profile of the WI soared when the ladies of the Rylstone & District WI posed for a nude calendar in 1999, the story of their charity fundraising effort was made into a successful feature film, Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, and has been adapted a play by Tim Firth, the stage production is now touring the UK.

Tricia Stewart, one of the original calendar girls.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Fund.

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