75 yeArs lAter Ruby re­mAins A WI stAl­wArt

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

A Whit­tle­sey woman who has been part of the Women’s In­sti­tute for 75 years cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day at a group meet­ing last month. Ruby Hurst was given a cake and a cer­tifi­cate to mark the oc­ca­sion by Whit­tle­sey WI pres­i­dent Ann Quincey.

Ruby, who lives with hus­band Clarence op­po­site the car park at the Fal­con Ho­tel, first at­tended a WI meet­ing in Help­ston with her mum.

She said: “I’ve en­joyed beingamem­ber. It’s the­com­pany re­ally - I like to meet peo­ple. I shall con­tinue while I feel able to go.”

Ruby has pre­vi­ously held the roles of pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary of the Whit­tle­sey branch, which she joined af­ter mov­ing­to­thetownin1969.

Herbest­mem­o­riesin­clude lis­ten­ing to a talk from Sheila Dib­nah- thewid­owof­s­teeple­jack and TV per­son­al­ity Fred Dib­nah - and at­tend­ing an AGM at the Royal Al­bert Hall with 6,000 other mem­bers.

Ruby cel­e­brated her 90th birth­day with Clarence, who turned 91 on Tues­day, and their sons Alan and Gra­ham who­took­the­mout­tol­un­chafter trav­el­ling in from Not­ting­ham and Bux­ton, Der­byshire.

She added: “The year be­fore the WI gave me a small birth­day cake be­cause they thought I was 90. So I had a lit­tle cake last year and an­other one this year! They are a friendly lot.”

Com­mit­tee mem­ber and town coun­cil­lor Julie Win­dle called Ruby a “pil­lar of the com­mu­nity.”

She added: “She’s quite a for­mi­da­ble lady and does not suf­fer­fools gladly, bu­ty­ou­can al­ways count on her to help.

“If youwant­toraise­money for some­one she’s there.

“She’s ex­tremely good hearted and ex­tremely hard work­ing.

“She’sbeen­in­volved­lo­cally as a vol­un­teer for many years, and she is a staunch mem­ber of St An­drew’s church.”

Ruby Hurst and Whit­tle­sey WI pres­i­dent Ann Quincey. Photo: RWT Pho­tog­ra­phy

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