WI marks 80th birthday

PUBLISHED: 08:48 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 15 June 2010

AROUND 80 WI members marked 80 years of the institution at the Seaton Group biannual meeting.

AROUND 80 WI members marked 80 years of the institution at the Seaton Group biannual meeting.Held at Colyton Town Hall last Wednesday, WI members from Axmouth, Colyford, Colyton, Musbury and Whitford, Beer and Seaton turned up for the event. The evening started with 'Jam and Jerusalem' and included a talk by Rob Lawrence on conservation, followed by a parade of outfits and talks on the WI through the ages. Colyton WI president Jacky Roberts-Wake said: "We meet twice a year - Autumn and Spring, and then sometimes for Christmas parties. We take it in turns to host it. It's nice to welcome other WIs and gives us a chance to all get together as a group and share experiences."We are dressing up in the style of the last 80 years to mark the occasion. We've been looking at the WI archives and some of the findings are really priceless. One example is from the 1920s, when they had a talk on the 'Romance of Wash Day'. "Or another about making cold meats interesting. They're all little glimpses into people's lives 80 years ago and how they've changed."She said it was clear that women were often viewed as second class citizens. "I think things have definitely progressed. There was one talk on 'decimalisation' and women were invited to bring their husbands. Reading between the lines, the suggestion was they wouldn't be able to understand."The evening ended with a competition of pork and damson Devon pasties judged by Anton Bolton from Colyton butchers - and Colyton branch president Mrs Roberts-Wake was judged the winner.

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