A THRIVING women's institute (WI) in Appleton is on a mission to increase its membership after 'evolving' into a modern organisation.

Park-Appleton WI, which meets at Appleton Parish Hall, on Dudlow Green Road, on the second Monday of each month currently has more than 50 members.

Appleton resident Gwyneth Richardson took over as president in November 2014 and has noticed interest increase dramatically.

The 65-year-old said: "We were a WI with a lot of elderly members but I realised if we did not get some new members, and possibly younger ones, we would fade away.

"Me and the committee worked very hard to change and modernise the WI.

"It has evolved into a very modern organisation and we are not frightened to talk about difficult subjects.

"Recently, we even had a retired judge come to speak to us about the mental health tribunal of Ian Brady.

"And the WI has walking, gardening and reading groups, while we are finalising a craft group. We also organise trips for members.

"We want to get more people involved and keep being a very forward-thinking, busy and thriving WI."

The group's monthly meetings begin at 7.30pm.

For further information visit Park-Appleton WI Facebook page.