Shep­shed WI closes its doors af­ter 32 years...

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - PETE WARRINGTON [email protected]­

SHEP­SHED WI has closed its doors for the fi­nal time af­ter more than 30 years.

Its De­cem­ber meet­ing, when speaker Jo Golby gave an amus­ing and in­for­ma­tive talk about the ori­gins of Christ­mas in Vic­to­rian Times, was the fi­nal meet­ing be­cause the club had not been able to elect enough of­fi­cers at its AGM in No­vem­ber to con­tinue run­ning.

Club spokesman Mau­reen Wal­bey said: “Shep­shed WI’s first meet­ing was held at Vine House on March 6, 1986 with a com­mit­tee con­sist­ing of An­gela Amir, Pres­i­dent, Pam Durber, Vice Pres­i­dent and Au­drey Cham­bers, Sec­re­tary.

“Over the years there have been a huge va­ri­ety of meet­ings, speak­ers, out­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties, too many to men­tion and a lot of mem­bers have come and gone. One of the orig­i­nal mem­bers Mar­garet Mar­shall still at­tends and there are a few who joined in the early days who were still mem­bers.

“It is al­ways sad when a lo­cal in­sti­tute has to close but sev­eral mem­bers will be look­ing out­side Shep­shed to join other lo­cal WI’s so the con­nec­tion with the Women’s In­sti­tute will con­tinue.

“At De­cem­ber’s meet­ing there was a bring and share sup­per and ex­chang­ing of pre­sents - it had been de­cided in No­vem­ber to sus­pend the group un­til such times as pos­si­bly a new WI might be started.”

Mem­bers of Shep­shed WI pic­tured at their last meet­ing.

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