THE ladies of the Women's Institute are on the march in Huddersfield.
They are planning to open a new branch at Kirkheaton later this month.
Not surprising, really, considering the publicity they have had recently - first slagging off Prime Minister Tony Blair when he ignored the non-political directive which is a basic principle of the organisation and got himself notably heckled at the WI conference.
Then, much bigger, came the success of the famous nude Calendar Girls from Rylstone & District.
That sparked the famous film with Helen Mirren and Julia Waters which caused unprecedented queues at local cinemas and brought worldwide publicity. On a local level I got to interview Tricia Stewart, possibly the driving force behind the project, who impressed me greatly, not just as a nice person but with her drive and business savvy. She remembered with pleasure a visit to talk to Holmbridge WI.
All a long way from the "jam and Jersusalem" image that has unfairly dogged the organisation in the past. The WI has historically been based in country areas. As I understand it, since the film there has been demand to set up at least one branch in London (in Fulham, I believe).
The bid to start off the Kirkheaton branch starts at 7.30pm in Kirkheaton Parish Church Hall on Thursday, September 30.
After that meetings would be held monthly - on a day and at a time to suit the majority.
The West Yorkshire Federation's press officer Brenda Sanderson says they are hoping to appeal to anyone "who is young at heart and would like to belong to a friendly group, who enjoy learning new things, hearing good speakers, taking part in local affairs and having fun".
And - just in case anyone has any doubts - "clothes will be worn".
Over to you, Kirkheaton!