Woolly trees and cream teas for WI’s 100 years

Tree in St Peter's churchyard decorated by members of Sidford WI and brownies

Tree in St Peter's churchyard decorated by members of Sidford WI and brownies - Credit: Archant

Sidford brownies have joined forces with members of the Women’s Institute (WI) to drop a yarn bombshell in St Peter’s churchyard.

The two groups combined their creative talents to adorn a tree with colourful woolly decorations, which will stay up throughout June as part of the WI’s 100-year anniversary in the UK.

Beryl Kingman, secretary of Sidford WI, said this is just one of many commemorative celebrations being held throughout the year and across the country.

Sidford WI member Grace Essex said: “We were asked to think of something unusual to do to celebrate 100 years of the WI in the UK.

“We thought it would be nice for the 1st Sidford Brownies, who use the church, to get involved as well.

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“They loved it and it brought back memories for our members.

“It was really good fun to celebrate as a group and we are pleased with the tree.”

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Sidford WI members will host a tea party under the tree tomorrow (Saturday, June 6) from 3pm to 5pm, where members of the public are invited to join them for a celebratory cream tea.

This follows a mass gathering of WI ladies from across the Sid Valley that took place at Kennaway House yesterday (Thursday, June 4) for the live screening of the annual WI conference at the Royal Albert Hall.

Representatives from each branch also travelled to London this week to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace, while some members attended the Royal Albert Hall conference.

Future events to mark the organisation’s centenary year in Sidford include the unveiling of a dedicated seat in The Byes on Wednesday, June 10, at 7pm, and a coffee morning to be hosted in Sidford Social Hall on Tuesday, June 16, from 10am to 11.30am.

Celebrations will continue throughout the year, with Sidbury WI planning events in October.

Audrey Recknell, of the Core Hill WI branch, said their members will be hosting a celebratory cream tea at the Clock Tower in Connaught Gardens in September and hope to plant a tree or bush.

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