Holton le Moor WI celebrated 95 years of community, friendship and opportunity, when past members together, with representatives from Lincolnshire North Federation and the Northwold Group of WIs, got together in the Moot Hall for an evening of entertainment, good food and good company.
Special mention was given to Lincolnshire Co-op, Tesco, Forget-Me-Not, Spring Beauty, The Advocate, Clayton’s Corner and Brigg Garden Centre for donating generous raffle prizes.
The Institute was founded in February 1918, when WW1 was still a source of anxiety.
Women did not have the vote, indeed, just four months later, in June, suffragette Emily Wilding Davison was fatally injured under the King’s horse on Derby Day.
The Russian Royal Family were prisoners of the Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg: and on February 14th E S Guest, a Canadian, from WI Organising Centre in London arrived at Holton Station by the 2.09 train. She gave a most interesting address to some 40 women that afternoon in the Moot Hall, after which she put it to the meeting whether there should be a Women’s Institute started in Holton le Moor.
Proposed and seconded, it was agreed by a show of hands and 30 women signed their names as willing to become members.
A Committee of 10 was chosen.
The first meeting was held on February 28th 1918, and the first year’s programme published for the March meeting.
Today, meetings continue to be held in The Moot Hall, on the second Thursday of each month.
Visitors are very welcome; contact Megs on 01673 828674 for details.
And take a look at our nostalgia section for a scene from days gone by.