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Wickhambrook Womens Institute Reports

DECEMBER 2016 - 90th Anniversary Celebration for Wickhambrook Women's Institute

The ladies of the Wickhambrook W.I. don't always need a reason to celebrate but on this occasion it was the remarkable milestone of 90 years since it's foundation in December 1926, which prompted President Hilary Bradfield and her committee to organise a Thanksgiving service to be followed by Afternoon Tea, for members and invited guests firstly at the Wickhambrook Methodist Church and thereafter in the Institutes own Hall within the village.

Those assembled on Sunday 4th December at 2pm included Suffolk West Federation Chairman Elizabeth Lansman, W.I. Advisor Julie Higgins, past Presidents of the Institute and former members and invited guests, some of whom had travelled from afar to join the present President, committee and members to mark the occasion.

Mr Ivan Peacock, Steward of the Methodist Church led the service with his wife Beryl playing the organ for the hymns. The service commenced with the singing of Jerusalem as every meeting of the Institutes both local and national have always done. There were contributions from Joyce Draycott, Thelma Farrow, Dorothy Anderson on behalf of Ivy Haygreen and daughter Deirdre Smith They spoke about "My W.I." what the organization and its members has meant to them over the years. The final contribution came from one of our institutes newest member, Wendy Mansfield who had penned a poem recording her ideas of what she thought W.I. was all about and how the reality had turned out to be different and Oh! so much more!!

The excellent and thought provoking address from President Hilary Bradfield paid tribute to the ladies who had started the Institute, given it it's style, aims and traditions but she also highlighted the Institutes future direction, possible growth along with possible changes or adaptions that the organization and our Institute will have to face over the next years to keep the Institute viable while retaining its core values and still being a part of the life of the local community for hopefully another 90 years.
There were two readings which echoed these thoughts from Sue Burton-Griffiths and Gillian Cooper and an address from Ivan Peacock celebrating the work of the W.I. and its support of the village particularly its "stickability" over the years never giving up and being there in the best and more valuably the worst of times for the local community. The ladies of the W.I. are always willing to help he insisted, a reliable friend in a changing society and fast paced world.

The Haverhill Choral Society and their musical director Jane Wright were an excellent addition to the service contributing several individual pieces including adapting "We wish you a Merry Christmas" to "We wish you a Happy Birthday" much to the assembled amusement and were much enjoyed and warmly thanked by Hilary, a member of the group herself.

On the conclusion of the service the congregation walked the short distance from the church to the W.I. Hall behind the Institutes own banner, where a delicious Afternoon tea prepared by committee and members awaited. The cutting of the 90th birthday cake made and decorated by member Paulina Puxley was done jointly by Hilary and Elizabeth and passed out to all. There were many thanks to Hilary and her committee for such a lovely afternoon of celebration and fellowship, of reacquainting with old and meeting new friends accompanied by superb refreshments.

Here's to the next 90 years whatever it might bring for Wickambrook W.I. the ladies are ready for the continuing challenge that's for sure!!


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W.I. Wickhambrook

13th February

The next W.I. meeting is 'The Importance of Being Trivial' with Mark Mason. Our meetings are held at 7.30pm in the WI Hall and all ladies from the village and district will be made very welcome. Just turn up at the WI Hall if you would like to join in. Information is always available from Hilary (01440 821713) or Veronica (01440 820791) for all our activities.

W.I. Tea Party W.I. Tea Party

The next W.I. Tea Party will be on the 16th February. All Welcome.  Come and join us from 2pm till 4pm for Tea, Coffee and Cake £1.50.  All profits to a local charity or group and for our Denman Bursary.

W.I. Christmas Fayre

W.I. Xmas Fair
Saturday 18th November 2017

From 2pm at the W.I. Hall. Get your Xmas gifts, Hamper Raffle, Home Baking Stall. Refreshments will be available. Free admission and all are very welcome.

Ladies, now is the time to join your local W.I.!

We have 41 very friendly members and our new programme runs from January to December and has something for all. Please do feel free to come along to any of our meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm and have a free taster of what we get up to. You can come twice as a visitor before deciding to join us. Hope to see you soon

We now have two Walking Groups for those of you who feel the need for regular exercise and lots of chat! Wednesdays at 10am for the longer distances, and on Thursdays at 10am for a gentler programme. Just turn up at the WI Hall if you would like to join in.

Information is always available from Hilary (01440 821793) or Veronica (01440 820791) for all our activities.

Dorothy Anderson is awarded a Diamond Champion - read more here

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New Members are VERY WELCOME

Meetings vary but are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.

Committee meetings are on the first Tuesday and are held in committee members' homes or in the hall.

The Committee, which is elected each November, is responsible for arranging meetings, outings and social events which are planned to be as varied and enjoyable as possible.

President Hilary Bradfield
01440 821713
Secretary Veronica Wiseman
01440 820791
Booking Officer Jackie Fieldsend
01440 820108
Caretaker Mrs Shelley Prigg
For keys please call 01440 820108
01440 820376

One meeting a year is run by members.

Notices advertising speakers, etc. are displayed at various points in the village and on the hall notice board.

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