15 Jun 15

Aldeburgh WI launch virtual tour of Sizewell B

Inspirational women of the Aldeburgh WI donned hardhats and hi-vis vests for a visit to Sizewell B and the launch of a new virtual tour of the power station.

A group of forty members of the Aldeburgh branch of the Suffolk East Federation of Women’s Institutes decided their annual group outing should be to Sizewell B power station this year. The power station is just a few miles from their base in one of the UKs favourite holiday resorts on the Suffolk coast.

Many of the visitors enjoyed a tour of the power station where they took in the sights of the turbine hall where power is generated for some 2million homes. Those that didn’t fancy the mile long walk around the site opted for a virtual tour from the comfort of the purpose built Sizewell B exhibition centre.   

The virtual tour enabled the ladies to watch videos and look through photographs covering the history of the power station, from early construction images through to how the nuclear fuel is stored at the site. 

Jean Collinson, Chair of the Aldeburgh WI said: “We decided to come to Sizewell B because it is local and of interest to us, particularly with the possibilities of Sizewell C being built too.  We learnt a lot and our members enjoyed the tour of the power station – both on foot and from the visitor centre.”

Sarah Osborne, Sizewell B visitor centre coordinator said: "It was an absolute pleasure to welcome the Aldeburgh WI to Sizewell B.  It was a great opportunity to launch a new virtual tour of the power station and the ladies have given us some great feedback so we can tailor the presentation to the diverse needs of our visitors.” 

Founded in 1921, Aldeburgh WI has around 64 members. Members come with varied backgrounds from local teachers, nurses, shopkeepers to cooks and housewives but also many members who have made Aldeburgh their home after successful lives elsewhere. Many members are actively involved in local charity work and at the moment are, as a group raising money for the Coastal Assisted Transport Service (CATS)

Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Aldeburgh Church Hall, starting at 2.30pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

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Notes to editors


The WI is an organisation for women run by women and offers the chance to take part in all sorts of activities from crafts and photography to petanque and cookery, all within a friendly atmosphere. Membership of any of our WIs opens the door to anything that your WI or the Federation has organised.

Our headquarters are in Ipswich, although lots of events are held out and about in the county. The Federation was formed in 1919 and covers the whole of East Suffolk with around 3,500 members in 114 WIs. We are affiliated to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for women. The WI is non-sectarian and non-party political and the only qualification is to be a woman.

The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. It is open to all women no matter what their background or beliefs. The Federation is the regional level of the organisation and supports all the WIs in the east of the county. Members belong to their own local WI, but with that comes the backing of being part of a national organisation.




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