Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of WI

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Mem­bers of Bea­cons­field WI get ready to hang their dec­o­ra­tions

ACOLOURFUL cel­e­bra­tion to mark the cen­te­nary of a popular group was held at the week­end.

This year marks 100 years since Bri­tain’s first Women’s In­sti­tute was formed in An­gle­sey, Wales.

The Bea­cons­field WI, which was re-formed in 2013, is cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary in a cre­ative style. With the sup­port of Bea­cons­field Town Coun­cil, the group has dec­o­rated a tree on the coun­cil green with brightly coloured hang­ings hand-crafted by its mem­bers.

The cre­ation was launched on Satur­day by Bea­cons­field’s mayor Steve Jones and town crier Dick Smith.

The hang­ings will be in place un­til the end of June for the whole town to en­joy.

The group’s pres­i­dent Deb­o­rah San­ders said: “We’re very proud to be part of this amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, which does so much to en­cour­age women to be­lieve in them­selves and cam­paign for what they be­lieve in. We wanted to mark the cen­te­nary in a way that cel­e­brates women’s col­lec­tive cre­ativ­ity and our mem­bers have risen to the chal­lenge mag­nif­i­cently.

“My spe­cial thanks go to com­mit­tee mem­ber Mrs Steve Hadley, who took on the con­sid­er­able task of co­or­di­nat­ing our ef­forts. She’s helped us achieve some­thing quite lovely.”

The Bea­cons­field WI meets in the evening of ev­ery third Mon­day of the month, at St Teresa’s Church Hall in Bea­cons­field, with the next meet­ing tak­ing place on May 21.

For more in­for­ma­tion call Mrs San­ders on 01494 674 634 or email sander­s­debs@gmail.com.

Pic­tures: Jon Mikol BE152892

Bea­cons­field Mayor Steve Jones and town crier Dick Smith join the ladies of the WI as the hang­ings are un­veiled on a tree

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