Shilbottle WI

Shilbottle WI celebrating their 100th birthday
Shilbottle WI celebrating their 100th birthday

The weather forecast had been dire for Wednesday, September 16, when Shilbottle WI planned its garden party to celebrate 100 years of the WI, but the sun shone and summer dresses and hats were worn, although the grass was too wet to put tables outside.

After a photo on the lawn, we went inside to toast the 100th birthday and tuck into a pooled lunch – a superb spread, including a centenary cake made to the special recipe in WI Life magazine. Lillian Hume, one of our loyal members, had the honour of cutting the cake.

Following a leisurely lunch, we improvised a cinema in the living room and secretary Linda Law showed pictures of some of our activities during the year, including the Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

Thanks were given to the president for hosting this most enjoyable event.

A group of members have been recording early memories of the WI and as an introduction, a power point presentation has been compiled.

The following evening saw the first meeting of the new WI year, at which our speaker, Mrs Ethne Brown, gave a talk entitled ‘Puppy dog to Guide Dog’.

Ethne is a volunteer puppy walker, giving a home and initial training to puppies that go on to become guide dogs. It was a fascinating account with lots of heart warming stories, and the two dogs she brought were gorgeous.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, October 18, when member Barbara Thompson will give a demonstration of Christmas crafts. Come along and give us a try.