It is sad to record the end of an era at South Willingham and Hainton, with the news the remaining members of Hainton and District WI have decided to close the branch after 68 years.
There are many happy memories to recall by long-standing members who have enjoyed the company of friends and neighbours over a long period of time and while some are no longer able to attend the meetings on a regular basis, others are sad at its passing.
At least they have ended in a blaze of glory having gained a reputation in recent years as trophy winners at the Louth Group Produce show, with the small group of members using their skills to notch up the maximum points to claim most of them.
It was just after the war when local residents along with the rest of the country were attempting to get back to normal that the Hainton and district WI was launched, the third branch to be formed at the end of 1945 and the new venture was regarded as having a very encouraging send off.
Meetings were initially held in members’ homes, then Hainton and Sixhills Village hall before they moved to South Willingham Parish Hall.
One of the first presidents was Mrs Eastwood, the sister of Lord Heneage, and since then the list has included such well known personalities as Marilyn Perkins, now Mrs Tomkins, and the late Flo Vickers, Clare Edmundson and Doris Cosgrove.
The meetings were usually well attended, but there was a blip in 1967 when they were down to just seven members and there was doubt about the future, but they pulled together and made a determined effort, gathered more members and prospered again.
On this occasion, however, efforts to recruit have not been successful.
Lack of members and funds to pay their way has given them no option but to disband.