I belong to the womens’  institute – that august body that has been going for over 100 years – depending where you live.  Each area has its own federation incorporating many local towns & villages.

I have personally found the companionship very rewarding – we meet up formally once a month but other activities take place at other times, and I particularly enjoy the walking group.  One member has taken this on board and organises very interesting places to walk – usually she has printed out an official route and sometimes there are little quizzes to entertain us further, things to look out for along the route make it even more enjoyable as I find I take more notice of the actual surroundings.    Another activity is craft evening – we laugh so much that we probably lose weight whilst crafting!   These activities costs me nothing beyond my annual wi subscription. Well worth every penny!