Picture Gallery: Eric entertains as WI celebrates

WI members from across the North Lincolnshire Federation descended on Skegness for the annual council meeting at the town’s Embassy Centre.

As always, this event recognised landmarks and achievements for both individuals and their groups, as well as providing a day of entertainment.

Guest speaker was well-known Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles, who proved to be a great hit with the ladies.

A skilful raconteur, he kept everyone entertained with his stories from his specialist world and life in general.

And he also spent time handing out the certificates for long membership and group anniversaries.

Among those collecting 50-year membership awards was Ellen Thompson from Wragby and, on behalf of Tealby WI, president Shirley Holm Johansen collected an 85-year anniversary certificate.

The longest individual membership award went to Betty Scott from Heighington, who has been a WI member for 80 years.

Her daughter Carol Blakey collected the certificate on her behalf.

And in the audience was a member from Branston WI who was celebrating her 101st birthday that day.

This year marks a very special landmark for the national WI as it is 100 years since the first group was formed at Llanfair PG in Anglesey.

The Women’s Institute had begun at Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897, but it wasn’t until September 11 1915 a branch formed on these shores.

And it wasn’t long after that branches opened in our own county of Lincolnshire - some of the first being at Nettleton & Moortown, Caistor and Holton le Moor, which are all celebrating their 97th anniversaries this year.

A number of events are planned across England and wales to mark this momentous event, including a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall.

And one member from each of WI is entitled to send a representative.

Closer to home, Lincolnshire North Federation will be holding a celebration event in Market Rasen’s Festival Hall on September 19 and a three-month long exhibition at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

For more information visit www.lincsnorthfedwi.weebly.com ..