Look out WI - men are getting organised!

MEN are fighting back against groups like theWomen's Institute or Mothers' Union and have formed their own organisation – and promptly put sports cars, football and beer on the agenda.

MEN are fighting back against groups like theWomen's Institute or Mothers' Union and have formed their own organisation – and promptly put sports cars, football and beer on the agenda.

The first meeting of "timeout4men'' saw 22 men turn out for the Stowmarket launch, many sent there by their wives.

A ride in a TVR sports car was a major attraction whenStephen Kerridge, director of Kerridges garage in Needham Market, gave the men a rundown on the history of the firm and TVR sports cars.

Future crowd pullers include George Burley, manager of Ipswich Town Football Club, and hopefully a Greene King brewery talk with free samples.

There are even plans for advice on men's health during one meeting and the chance to take a fitness test in the summer.

The group has been set up by Martin Gray, a 33-year-old BT software team leader, and Richard Couldridge, a 49-year-old county council manager. They have been supported by the authority's community education department.

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Mr Gray, from Stowmarket, said: " "This is simply a social thing, with no agendas, and we hope guys come up with their own ideas of what they would like us to do.

"There are a lot of houses being built in Stowmarket and this could be really good for people who are relatively new to the area to come along and meet new people.''

The group will meet each Tuesday evening at the Community Education Centre, Childer Road, Stowmarket, from 8pm to 9.30pm.

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