AN all-ladies village group has finally managed to celebrate their 100th anniversary. Alton WI had set to celebrate the group’s centenary last year, but the pandemic put paid to those plans.
AN all-ladies village group has finally managed to celebrate their 100th anniversary.
Alton WI had set to celebrate the group’s centenary last year, but the pandemic put paid to those plans.
However, members have now, this September, held a special event for the milestone year.
After the very first British WI meeting in Anglesey in 1915 and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes setting up in 1917, three years later in 1920, Alton village set up its own WI group.
Alton WI president Sue Beaumont said: “Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions we had to cancel our planned Centenary celebration last year but we were able, at last, to at least hold a smaller celebratory tea party in the village hall at the beginning of this September.
“It was good to get together for friendly chats, super cakes and a selection of sandwiches washed down by tea, Prosecco and soft drinks with a great celebration cake to not let this important event pass by any longer.
“Photographs and minutes of past meetings were on display going back many years.”
Alton WI have been having a series of outdoor meetings as the nation has been slowly opening up again after the lockdowns.
Sue explained: “During Covid lockdowns few of our members wanted to join Zoom meetings while not being able to get together so our first ‘proper’ chat and get together was in May this year for a Dimmingsdale walk and refreshments at the Ramblers Retreat.
“Our June meet up was held at Hetty’s Tea Shop at Froghall Wharf with a canal walk, and July at Denstone Farm Shop with a railway track walk.
“In August our secretary, Beryl Mendelson, set up a super Treasure Hunt quiz around Alton.
“We will be having our next village hall meeting in October with a visiting speaker and demonstration of colour in fashion. Visitors and new members are welcome to join us.”
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