First came the Naked Chef
now its the Naked WI
Melton Times, November 23, 2000
A daring Womens Institute group near Melton shocked
villagers when they stripped off for a Millennium show.
The brave ladies of the Wymondham Institute aged from
their late 20s to mid-70s were performing a live remake
of a famous calendar featuring naked members of the
Rylstone and District WI.
The calendar sold thousands of copies and made headlines
in all the national newspapers and the Wymondham ladies
all thought it would be a good idea to recreate the
Their modesty was covered by conveniently-placed props
on stage and, according to chairman Kay Bruce, their
two-night show in the village hall was a roaring success.
She said: There was a dead silence and then thunderous
applause. People were shocked because I dont think they
expected the WI to do something like that. We did it really well.
It was good fun. Some of them even want to do it again.
Nine brave ladies took part and their sketch involved them
singing a song written by entertainer Richard Stilgoe.
WI chairman, Kay Bruce
Details of what they were planning were kept secret for
maximum effect, but after baring all for a 40-strong
audience on the first night, news spread like wildfire
round the village and the hall was sold out for show
The Institute was not the only village group involved in
the Millennium show in October but Mrs Bruce said their
efforts kept people talking for a long time.
The Rylstone institute posed naked behind everyday objects
to raise money in memory of one members late husband.