Celebration time for local WI members

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Two local groups of the WI have been in celebratory mood as they marked their anniversaries - totalling more than 160 years.

Members of Grasby WI were joined by former members and those of other branches in the Northwold Group for an evening of flowers, food and fond memories.

Federation chairman Catriona Adams and Tealby WI President Shirley Holm Johansen get ready to cut the cake. EMN-141109-165913001

Federation chairman Catriona Adams and Tealby WI President Shirley Holm Johansen get ready to cut the cake. EMN-141109-165913001

And after a chance remark from her grandson, president Jean Threlfall was keen to make sure everyone knew it was the WI that had turned 80 and not her personally.

Caistor Flower Club member Caroline Jackson entertained everyone with a floral art demonstration entitled 
‘Affinity’ and certainly showed her affinity with flowers.

Among the special guests for the evening was Lincolnshire North Federation of WIs vice-chairman Anne Donaldson, who had begun her WI life in Grasby back in 1972.

“I have a lot to thank Grasby for,” she said.

“I first became a member here 42 years ago and it opened up a lot of things to me, not least the amazing friendships you get from belonging to a WI.”

Pictorial evidence of Anne’s time at Grasby was on display among the many newspaper cuttings and items of memorabilia.

And it fell to Anne, along with long-serving former member Barbara Knapton, who now lives in Caistor, to cut the celebratory cake.

“It has been a wonderful evening and it was nice to share it with other WIs in our group,” said Mrs Threlfall.

Tealby WI welcomed Federation Chairman Catriona Adams, who also serves as a trustee of the National Federation of WIs, to help them celebrate their 84th birthday meeting.

Catriona was able to answer questions concerning both the WI at National and local level, which includes the federation HQ move from Louth to Horncastle.

The meeting, however, started with Linda Patrick talking on Christening gowns through the ages and everyone was delighted to be able to handle the gowns, which spanned more than 100 years, and amaze at the exquisite embroidery.

Birthday cake and Bucks Fizz ended the evening.

And there will be more 
celebrations for these and all the other WIs across England and Wales next year, as 2015 marks the centenary of the first WI opening in the British Isles - at LlanfairPG, Anglesey.

For more information log on to www.thewi.org.uk or the 
Lincolnshire North Federation site at lincsnorthfedwi.weebly.com