Shepshed WI closes its doors after 32 years...
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.