Happy Birthday! Sidford WI marks 100th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 13:38 14 May 2019

Beryl Giles,Barbara Ellis and Beryl Kingman on the raffle stall at the Sidford WI celebration of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4498. Picture: Terry Ife

Beryl Giles,Barbara Ellis and Beryl Kingman on the raffle stall at the Sidford WI celebration of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4498. Picture: Terry Ife

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A commemorative banner and exhibition have been put on display to mark 100 years of Sidford WI.

Carole Marchant,Marion Baker and Carole Turner, three members of the history group at the Sidford WI celebration of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4490. Picture: Terry IfeCarole Marchant,Marion Baker and Carole Turner, three members of the history group at the Sidford WI celebration of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4490. Picture: Terry Ife

The group, which is the second oldest WI in Devon, marked the milestone with a dedication service in St Peter's Church on Sunday, May 5 to bless the banner.

The carefully crafted piece was made over two years out of 100 squares depicting historic moments, village life and activities across the group's history.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the village hall was buzzing with people interested in a display made by the WI's history group detailing its evolution since 1919.

Beryl Kingman, president of the WI, said: "The service was lovely. It wasn't long and it was really nicely done. The choir sang and the hand bells were played at the start and end and it was a really nice service of celebration and dedication of the banner.

Colin Kingman looking at the Sidford WI history time line of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4486. Picture: Terry IfeColin Kingman looking at the Sidford WI history time line of 100 years. Ref shs 19 19TI 4486. Picture: Terry Ife

"It has been a two year project. Everybody is really pleased and this is a really good start for the next 100 years."

She thanked the Reverend David Capon for the service and everyone for their involvement and support for the project.

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