Members from the Norfolk Federation of the Women’s Institute were welcomed by Anglian Home Improvements for a VIP day at the new Norwich showroom on Wednesday 11 June, including a ‘behind the scenes’ factory tour and a talk by actress and Anglian Ambassador Sally Geeson.
Members attended the event from eight different WIs across the region. Following a brief introduction to the heritage and key focuses of Anglian Home Improvements, as well as energy efficiency in the home, the women were taken to the Anglian factory at the Norwich Airport Industrial Estate for a guided tour.
The WI members were particularly interested in the amount of recycled material that Anglian uses in its windows and the ongoing quality control testing throughout the manufacturing process. They enjoyed seeing the automated machinery at work, lifting the large panels of glass, and the rotating carousel that puts the finishing touches to the windows.
The guests were also shown a wide range of bespoke and imaginative window designs, created by Anglian using methods such as sandblasting and lead lining to create attractive patterns and images.
Following a buffet lunch, the ladies were treated to an audience with actress Sally Geeson, famous for her roles in 1970s TV shows such as Bless This House and a host of Carry On films. Sally chatted to them about her time in the shows as well as her more recent role as an Anglian ambassador, which developed after she purchased new windows from the company and became a happy Anglian customer.
Chairman of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes, Wendy Adams, said, “I found it really interesting to see how everything comes together – seeing the automated carousel that puts the windows together in the factory and how the huge sheets of glass are moved around. The components of the windows come together in such a majestic and poetic form, and all of the staff know exactly what they’re doing. It’s fantastic to see such an established Norfolk company thriving and being part of the local community.”
Melanie McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communications at Anglian Home Improvements, said, “We are very proud of our Norwich roots and recognise the importance of being an active part of our local community, so it was a great pleasure to be able to welcome members of the Norfolk WI to join us and have a look behind the scenes at Anglian Home Improvements. We are delighted that they enjoyed their day with us and look forward to continuing our relationship with the WI in the future.”
Anglian Home Improvements welcomed the group as part of a programme of activity it is running this year with the WI. Anglian participated in the NFWI Annual Meeting earlier this month and is planning an educational day at the WI’s Denman residential college in the autumn.
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