A WOMEN'S organisation, which was launched in Okehampton in the year 2000, is going from strength to strength.

Women Working Together, which was instigated by the Women's Food and Farming Union and involves the Women's Institute and Townswomen's Guild, has just held its first conference in the county.

Launched by celebrity chef Michael Barry in Okehampton's Charter Hall, the three-pronged organisation came on the scene to promote local fresh food and encourage people to cook again rather than becoming a 'ready-meal society.'

Since then Women Working Together has held a series of demonstrations around the county, in family centres and universities, teaching the basics of good wholesome home cooking.

With a growing number of members from each of the three prominent organisations, WWT was now building a name for itself and gaining a voice on issues concerning the countryside, food and agricultural — the latest being GM foods.

Local member Vivien England, who runs a farm with her husband in Bratton Clovelly, said a lot of time had been spent with students at Exeter University who had a very limited knowledge of culinary skills.

'What we are trying to get over is that good, local, fresh food can be both economical and tasty,' she said. 'Our demonstrations involve very simple preparations with a limited number of ingredients which are particularly good for students, people on low incomes and busy families.'

WWT held demonstrations in the local food tent at Okehampton Show, which was a new innovation for the event and will be repeated next year. The stand was very popular.

Any groups who would like a visit or talk from WWT can contact Ann Cross on 01398 361212.