Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Women celebrate 100 years of WI

A LUNCH was held to honour the centenary of the Women’s Institute.

A LUNCH was held to honour the centenary of the Women’s Institute.

Members of the Remenham, Cockpole Green, Mill Green (Wargrave) and Maidenhead branches came together for the celebration at Henley Cricket Club.

It was one of many events being held across the UK to mark the centenary. A commemorative baton was brought to the lunch by Sara Staker, chairwoman of the Berkshire Federation of WIs.

The baton is part of a relay that has been going across the UK since last year. It will finish at the WI’s annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall in June.

Inside the baton is a memory stick with photographs from WIs across the country.

Mrs Staker said: “We had the baton for about a week as it makes its journey to the meeting at the Albert Hall, which I will be attending.”

She brought bunting made out of flags from each WI in Berkshire which were handmade by members and everyone present signed a commemorative book.

The lunch was attended by about 60 women who enjoyed wine, tea and cake.

Each table had home-made decorations made out of paperbacks and vases of flowers.

Diane Bush of Cockpole Green WI had made a lemon cake.

Adrienne Rance, president of Cockpole Green WI and one of the organisers, said: “I feel we provided the goods as we had a great party â?? plus there was lots of cake for everyone!”

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