Meet The Operations Team for Selby Swans W.I.

Our committee is made up of women of various ages and backgrounds with everyone bringing different experience to the table to ensure we have a vibrant programme of events and activities.

Debby Foulkes – President

I’m Debby and I’m a librarian, writer and mum to Shannon. I’ve lived in Selby most of my life apart from a small stint in London. I’m very proud of my Welsh heritage, (my father is Welsh) as well as my Yorkshire side!

I am obsessed with Harry Potter and Game of Thrones and when I can you will more than likely find me looking at old castles and monasteries, which is another passion.

Glynis Rushby – Vice President and Programme Secretary

Hi I’m Glynis. I came to live in Selby from my home town Leeds after marrying Phil in the late 1970s. Our two sons Tom and Ed are married and we have two wonderful grandsons and another grandchild on the way. I gained an English Literature and Women’s Studies degree in my late thirties and went on to work for eighteen years in Higher Education as a careers advisor until July 2016. I loved working at the university and miss being part of the student / staff community. Phil and I have been avid motorhomers for several years and enjoy travelling around and visiting new places. Grandson James is getting used to coming along with us; we’re looking forward to his younger brother William joining us next year.

After leaving work I was keen to utilise my skills and experience so in April this year I became a volunteer at Selby Library where I enjoy doing my weekly afternoon shift. I am also a volunteer befriender with the mental health charity MIND.

So why did I join the WI? I felt that through working outside Selby for years I didn’t know many people. Joining the WI was a way of connecting with other women in the area and hopefully establishing new relationships. Being a member of Selby Swans has more than met my expectations! I am proud to be a member of the committee and feel that I am now part of a community again. I enjoy photography and am an avid reader. Recently I have learned to crochet, with tuition from a fellow Selby Swan, and enjoy going to a weekly crochet and chat group.

Astrid Carlile – Secretary

I’m really enjoying being part of Selby Swans WI. I think we have a great group! I only knew Debby to start with but I have made some good friends.

Myself and Mike have 2 young sons (Henry our eldest is very cheeky). I also have three step children who stay with us regularly so we have a nice and busy home!

I work part time now but I’m still self employed as a beauty therapist. I have a little beauty room based at Community House in Selby called Cape Beauty. I chose the name as I’m originally from near Cape Town in South Africa.

I am very lucky to have travelled a lot including Iceland, St Tropez, Monaco, Santorini to name a few. Myself and Debby aka Maud and Mildred had a great time in Santorini!

I’m learning to crochet (slowly) and enjoy reading crime novels and any books by our own Deborah C Foulkes. I also face paint at events.

Susie Brown – Campaigns Secretary

Hi, I’m Susie – I joined to make friends in Selby and I can honestly say I have met dozens of great people and got involved in all sorts of things as a result. Joining the committee was a natural step and I enjoy making a contribution to the smooth and enjoyable running of our W.I. alongside the other enthusiastic committee volunteers.

I’m married to Gordon Brown (not that one!) and have three grown up daughters, one grown up son and three grandsons. I work in Leeds, managing a charity called Zest and its social enterprise: Leeds Cookery School. I love the great outdoors and enjoy walking, camping, cycling and kayaking – preferably on flat water! I’m passionate about history and love travelling and learning. Since joining the Selby Swans I’ve learnt how to make jam and chutney, to knit and crochet, and visited some lovely places. I had a reduce my work hours to make space for it all! What on earth did I do before I joined the Selby Swans?

Jennie Marshall – Membership and Communications Secretary

Hi everyone!  I’m usually the one welcoming people to the meeting,  popping up at the meetings to ask ladies to get involved with a new charity initiative with the radio, wreaking havoc on the craft demos, or bombarding inboxes with the newsletter. I’m a Leeds girl born and bred and moved to Selby 8 years ago (as the houses were cheaper and commuting was easier!) and I have to say we love living here with everything on our doorstep. I live with my husband Andrew, our dog Izzy (who’s a black Labrador) and our 2 rabbits Belle and Jasper. I don’t have children (the animals are my children) and I’m from a fairly small family (I’m an only child).

Work wise, I’m the Learning Programme Director for a predominantly UK based learning company. In simple terms I look after large scale corporate learning programmes and if I’m not doing that I’m talking at training sessions or seminars. The best thing about my job is the people I get to meet and the confidence it has given me over the years to stand up and talk in front of people.

When I moved to Selby I left behind my close friends who live over in Haworth, so for the first few years I kept busy with work and my other passion – baking. Despite being in a job where I meet a lot of people I started to feel quite isolated and missed my friends terribly. So I decided it would be good to meet some like-minded women near me who like to bake and make jam so I looked up the local WI. Luckily for me, the new WI was in the pipeline so I attended the interest meetings and despite swearing I wouldn’t get involved in the committee (as my job is a busy one that takes me all over the country), before I knew it my hand was in the air volunteering for the committee! The good thing is as Membership and Communications Secretary, I can still contribute whilst working away – nights in hotels give me the perfect chance to write the newsletters! Since joining, I’ve found a whole new group of friends and I can’t imagine life now without my committee WhatsApp notification bonging at least once a day!

Sue Moxon – Venue Organiser 

Hi! I’m mother to 2 and a Wah -Wah (grandma) to 4. I enjoy travelling and local trips sightseeing. Our last outing was to follow Hadrian’s Wall west to east – a lovey day out!

I took early retirement from Coca-Cola where I investigated complaints – a very interesting and very varied job which took me all over England.

I borrow my family’s dogs so I can walk the Barff without looking out of place! I have being involved with so many different types of people over my life so far but I found that I was missing people in my retirement. So I decided to join the WI and other like-minded ladies who craft, chat and enjoy going on trips out. I am also learning new skills and sharing my skills as a crocheter.

Lisa Williams – Venue Organiser

I’m a born and bred Yorkshire lass (born in York) who moved to Wetherby aged 13 where I then lived until I was 19. I went to Jacob Kramer College where I studied pattern cutting and textiles. I moved to North Duffield at 19. I am a mother to 2 children and 2 step children and wife to Paul. I am a self-employed seamstress and have been from leaving college all those years ago.

Kerry Barber – Newsletter Editor

Originally from Barnsley I now live in Whitley with my husband and two teenage daughters.  I’ve been a member of Selby Swans W.I. from the very beginning and am very proud to be a member of the Ops Team.

I’m a qualified librarian but currently am a stay at home mum.  I enjoy being a member of the Jammie Dodgers which I joined in order to get free jam.  I also enjoy walking, reading and I am a keen family historian.