A branch of the Women’s Rural Institute started up in Blantyre in December 1978.
At Auchentibber, a branch of the institute was set up in the outdoor centre in the former Primary School. They initially met every second Monday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and were initially governed under the watchful eye of other branches.
The organisation created by women in Scotland in 1917 is designed to bring women together, with a vision to welcome every woman in Scotland to join them. They aim to educate, to share, to campaign, to learn, to socialise, to build a community and of course, to have fun. From life skills and arts and crafts to raising awareness of current affairs affecting women and helping inform government issues, the WRI is proud of its heritage.
The Women’s Rural Institute still meet in the High Blantyre Baptist Church. I’ve had the pleasure on several occasions of being guest speaker on Blantyre’s history for this very welcoming and interesting group of ladies and can tell you, there are some first class bakers amongst them!
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Moira Mulvaney Pacheco Mmrs Gibson was the woman who was the caretaker off it