Milestones

Glapthorn  WI celebrated 50 years at an Afternoon Tea party. More than 30 past and present members enjoyed a supper of cold salmon and strawberries, toasted the future of the WI in fizz, and ate a special cake.

Maureen Gent receiving a certificate for 60 years as a member of the Glapthorn WI and its predecessor.
Maureen Gent a member for over 60 years

Congratulations Boddington WI who celebrated their Centenary with an Afternoon Tea Party.
Members and friends at Centenary Afternoon Tea Party

22.06 Centenary

A joint celebration was held by Kelmarsh, Harrington and Arthingworth (KHA) WI for their 70th birthday and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Their 70th birthday was delayed by two years due to COVID.
The cake was made by talented member (Ann Dennis-Jones) and was cut by Daphne Lane who has been a member of KHA for 60 years. Daphne first came to a meeting with her mother.  Rachel Evans (President, KHA) is also photographed in the cake cutting.
22.06 KHA Group pic

22.06 Jubilee cake 7022.06 Member for 60 years

Mrs Agnes Jones aged 99
HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY AGNES
Mrs Agnes Jones has been a Bozeat WI member since 1966. She has been Secretary, organised trips and until this year was Archivist producing many scrapbooks recounting the history of Bozeat WI from 1949 to the present day, as well as being involved in the community with organising an indoor bowls club and lace making group.
An Inspiring Woman indeed!

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Towcester Evening WI recently welcomed members from the Community to a celebratory lunch to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.  It was a great opportunity to share the success of our WI throughout the years and acknowledge the good work that the WI contributes to the community.
Featured are: Rector of Tove Benefice Revd Paula Challen, The Rt Hon. Dame Andrea Leadsom, Northamptonshire County Federation of WIs Vice Chair Chris Carr, Jane Cafe, a Towcester Evening WI member for 50 years, Dept. Lord Lieutenant Caroline Brocklehurst, Towcester Town Mayor Damian Reynolds, Northamptonshire County Federation of WIs Vice Chair Heather Smith and President Sue Hamilton.
Photo by Carrie Wilkes/CO Photography and Design Ltd
22.04 Community celebration
More recently, we were delighted to say "Thank You" to 3 special members who helped the committee with the Anniversary celebrations.
22.04 Thanks to 3 key ladies

Yelvertoft WI celebrated its 90th Anniversary in February with a 1930s themed party. Members wore an item of 1930s attire and enjoyed a delicious dinner with excellent Birthday cake.
Christine Farmer was our after dinner speaker on the Ups and Downs of a Denman Groupie and a great time was had by all.
90th birthday cake

Members at 90th birthday party

Rose Anderson retired at the end of 2021 after 18 years as President of Clipston WI. Clipston village magazine expressed appreciation for the support the WI has given the local community under Rose’s leadership.
22.03 Rose Anderson stepping down as President

Helmdon WI celebrated their centenary in 2021 and marked the achievement with a celebration cake and a Garden Party for members in the summer. They also organised a free Afternoon Tea which was open to the village and was very well attended. Many people enjoyed looking at the WI memorabilia and scrap books of past years.

Centenary cakeCutting the cake
Members celebrating Villagers joining in the celebration 

Towcester Evening WI has planted 50 trees at the Saxon Fields, Towcester, as part of their commemorations for its 50th Anniversary. It is hoped that these trees will flourish and provide a lasting legacy to the town; to be admired by future generations.
21.12 Tree Planting Ceremony

Nether Heyford WI was determined to celebrate their 90th birthday when restrictions allowed.  President Pat welcomed everyone in the Village Hall for a celebration meal.  During lockdown, the Community Cafe made a cupcake for everyone which member, Deborah, decorated with gift tags and cake markers.The evening Zoom meeting featured a quiz about the 1930s and members tucked into their delicious cakes and cup of tea (or something stronger!). Congratulations Nether Heyford WI!
90th anniversary Nether Heyford WI

Towcester Evening WI held a party on  November, exactly 50 years from when it first began.  It was a spectacular evening with a 2 course meal; a birthday gift for each member; a rolling slide show of all our ventures; a new WI tablecloth; an entertaining song especially composed for us and dancing to Abba!  It certainly was a bit of a do – in fact, a fantastic do!
The birthday gift was a cotton bag with a beautiful design created especially for us by local artist, Val Goldfinch.  Val is our newest member, having just joined us this month.  
The tablecloth was designed and completed by our member, Petra Giffen, with members contributing an embroidered square with their name and the date they joined our WI on.

President Sue Hamilton with Artist Val GoldfinchMembers with birthday bags50th anniversary table cloth

Gretton WI celebrated their 80th birthday at their October meeting. Members enjoyed  supper with Prosecco followed with a photo quiz,.The cake was cut by Gretton WIs oldest member, Shirley Fursdon.
Group at Gretton WIs 80th birthday

Many congratulations to Yardley Hastings WI who celebrated their 100th birthday in style with guests from their members and past membership.
21.10 Group Centenary event

It is 95 years since the formation of Barton Seagrave WI. In September, at their first indoor monthly meeting, they celebrated with cake baked by Betty Brogan and cut by Kathleen Price, one of their older members. In October they planted a Rowan tree behind the Village Hall and invited Sue Kendall, former Chairman of NCFWI, to the ceremony. They are pleased with the increased interest in their WI since they started meeting in the mornings, with their membership growing.
21.09 95th birthday and planting a tree

Kilsby  WI celebrated their Centenary by erecting a Sunflower sculpture, Yarn Bombing the whole village including a 100th Birthday Cake and focussing on NFWI resolutions, arranging a Sunflower competition for the school and much more.  See their website for full details.

21.06 100th birthday cakeCentenary Yarn Bombing

Flore WI Committee invited members, past and present, to celebrate their Centenary,albeit one year late due to you know what!!
21.08 Centenary CakeWe gathered at Brodie Lodge Park, Flore, with a marquee, bunting and balloons, the most glorious weather, and we’re joined by daughters and nieces representing past members, as well as husbands and friends of current members.
Local MP, Chris Heaton-Harris, and NCFWI Chairman, Annie Rodwell, were guests of honour, and came along with family. All were made very welcome by everyone.
After a little 1920’s style competition for best head piece/costume – won by Jane Freeman, complete with a very long cigarette holder – we were entertained with Morris dancing, and a history of Morris dancing, by the all-female Queens Oak Morris Dancing side.
All finished off with food, and drinks and the most wonderful WI themed cake made by Jo Whitehouse (Flore WI member).

21.08 Group photo

Congratulations Cotswold Duston WI on your 50th Anniversary. They celebrated with a garden party, the weather was glorious and most members were able to attend. Three founder members were presented with flowers. Scrap books illustrating 50 years of history were on display and members enjoyed a choice of delicious cakes. A 50/50 challenge walk raised funds which were shared with Duston Food Bank
21.05 50th Anniversary Garden Party21.05 50 Anniversary Garden Party