Marking 95 years of influential Caistor women’s group

Joan Wright, a member for 60 years, cutting the cake at Caistor WI's 95th birthday celebrations.  (Lin)
Joan Wright, a member for 60 years, cutting the cake at Caistor WI's 95th birthday celebrations. (Lin)
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One of Caistor’s longest running groups marked a significant milestone last week.

The town’s WI celebrated its 95th birthday in style, with a party in the town hall.

And they were joined on the night by Caistor Mayor and Mayoress - John and Cherry Burns-Salmond - and WI friends from Grasby, Nettleton and Moortown, Holten-le-Moor, Binbrook and North Kelsey.

Extracts from the first minutes in 1918 to the present day were read and item’s from the group’s archives were on display too.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Caistor Ladies Choir.

“Living in the countryside, the WI has given me a social life and friendship,” said Joan Wright, a WI member for 60 years, who had the honour of cutting the celebration cake.

The WI movement celebrates its centenary in 2015, so Caistor was among one of the very early groups to form.

But they were not alone in this area to be one of the trailblazers for this new organisation named the Women’s Institute - Holton-le-Moor and Nettleton & Moortown WIs also celebrate their 95th anniversaries this year.

Within the Lincolnshire North Federation, to which they belong, there are a further five WIs who formed in 1918 and are still running, but it is Branston WI who beat them all, having formed in 1917.

Back at Caistor, a packed programme as always has been organised.

The next event will be a Resolutions meeting and Savoury Club on May 2 in the town hall at 7.30pm, when new members and visitors will be very welcome.

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