Long Buckby WI planted a tree in each of the two pocket parks, at Cotton End and Mill Park to celebrate the WI Centenary and also the life of their President, Joy Evans. It was Joy's suggestion to plant the trees but sadly she died suddenly in November. Members decided to include a memorial to Joy on the plaque. Joy's husband, family and grandchildren joined in the planting ceremonies on this very special occasion.
Chacombe WI had a wonderful morning planting their tree. The sun shone and afterwards members enjoyed a fantastic soup lunch to celebrate.
Towcester Evening WI
Their very last project in 2015 to commemorate 100 years of the WI in England & Wales was to plant a Liquidambar tree in partnership with South Northants Council (SNC) near The Forum in Towcester. SNC Leader, Councillor Ian McCord has given a wonderful "bouquet" on SNC's Facebook page. Take a look. https://www.facebook.com/SouthNorthantsCouncil/
Geddington & Newton WI
Centenary Tree at Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary Magdalene Church, Geddington. Members were asked to decorate tags with the number "100" which they did to great effect. Every medium imaginable was used - cross stitch, buttons, sequins, glitter, and felt to name a few.
members dressed in 1915 style dress. Festivities started with a short talk on Ravensthorpe village how it was 100 years ago, with 1915 tunes to sing along with. In true WI style there was plenty of food.
Brigstock WI held an exhibition of WI memorabilia from 1918 to present day. Photos of 21 out of 23 Presidents were on display. Sue Kendall, County Chairman, made a surprise visit.
Greens Norton WI
staged an exhibition in the Church where the WI hosted the regular coffee morning. On Sunday 11 October WI members participated in the church Service itself. Coffee and tea were served before the service which gave WI members a chance to promote and celebrate the Centenary of the WI with the congregation.
Towcester Evening WI
joined forces with the School Council from Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School to lend a hand planting 100 daffodil bulbs in celebration of the WI Centenary (courtesy of Miss Lillies, Florist for donatig the bulbs).
Members from Stanwick, Higham Ferrers and Raunds took part in Raunds Carnival to represent 100 years of the WI. They dressed up in early 20th Century, twenties, forties, fifties and seventies clothes AND won the cup for the Best Adult Walking Group in the Parade.
(l-r) Dorothy Kenmore, Jane Bayes and Mary Harber from Raunds and Sue Foster from Stanwick with the Cup.
Bozeat WI celebrated the Centenary at Castle Ashby Tearooms - with hats!
As part of the Centenary Celebrations Geddington & Newton WI have created a Herb Garden in the Geddington Community Garden opened April 1915.The WI hopes that visitors will help themselves to a few herbs and if in return they pull a few weeds or water the plants, it would be greatly appreciated.
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