Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Buns & Roses WI

Name – Buns & Roses WI
Formation – 2nd April 2009
Day of Meeting – 3rd Thursday of each month
Time of Meeting – 7.30PM
Location – The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Lower Briggate.
Members – 44 Members
President – Gemma Rathbone
Secretary – Jennifer Hancock

Buns & Roses WI is one of our newer WI’s and has become on the most talked about institutes in the West Yorkshire Federation, as they have brought a new, modern feel to the WI, while still keeping the traditional values of the Women’s Institute. They have three sub-committees, that meet regularly to organise and pitch events such as a new Yorkshire WI’s mixer, 1940s/50s day, 80s party and history tours. Since Buns & Roses have opened they have also been very active out of meeting time by being involved with local events such as the Knitting and Stitching Show, I Love West Leeds Festival and the Make, Bake and Grow festival. Like more established WI’s they also hold monthly workshops as well as their monthly meetings to help members and non-members develop new skills with sessions such as sushi making, origami and flower arranging. As well as this Buns & Roses have a choir that meet weekly and they have performed and Christmas events and fundraising days along with a book club that meets monthly in the Leeds Central Library. Already this year Buns & Roses have celebrated their 3rd birthday with a kid’s themed party with jelly and a magician, they have gotten into the Olympic Spirit by hosting their own challenges and also taken a trip to Scarborough.  For the rest of 2012 they will be hosting workshops such as swishing, photography, creative writing and jewellery making. 

If you are interested in attending a meeting or joining Buns & Roses WI please contact Gemma Rathbone on 07766904352 or email her on