AS the name implies, they are not your average Women’s Institute.

But the 70 or so members of the Tea & Tarts Group in Huddersfield are very much now part of the WI family.

So much so that they have just scooped an award at the WI’s annual West Yorkshire conference.

Tea & Tarts picked up the Shakespeare Trophy for greatest growth in the region.

In under three years the group has gone from just four members to more than 70 and it is are still growing.

The group has just moved base from a room at Huddersfield Town Hall to the Packhorse Gallery where they can welcome more guests to their meetings.

The group also featured on the Cerys Matthews Show on BBC6 Music and have been invited to contribute to the show on a regular basis with recipes and craft skills.

That move came about thanks to president and founder Rebecca Cobb-Kilner, who works for book company Waterstones.

She said: “I met Cerys at a publishing event and she invited us along to a programme they were doing about the WI.

“It went well, so much so that we have now been asked to contribute on a regular basis.

“We are a little different to the normal image of a WI group, but we have been welcomed by the movement.

“The more traditional groups have been very welcoming and many have come along as guests to our meetings and gone away very excited by what we have to offer.

“The image of the WI was changed forever by the film Calendar Girls, who had a group producing a risque calendar, but we are half the age of the group there.

“Our members range in age from 18 to 70, but the average is between 25 and 35. We don’t stick to baking and knitting – we have cocktail nights, ninja lessons and even burlesque shows.

“We haven’t got round to stripping off yet and I don’t think we will, but this week we did have dance lessons to Klezmer music. Think Fiddler on the Roof.”

Rebecca, of Lowerhouses, is married to Jason and has two daughters – seven-year-old Damson, and five-year-old Tabitha.

She moved to Huddersfield with her job and decided to look for a new group in October 2010.

“I chatted to people in cafes and at work and then set up the Facebook page,” she said.

“Social media has really helped us and we are continuing to grow all the time.”

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