Cake Bakers and Trouble Makers: Lucy Worsley’s 100 Years of the WI

100 years of friendship, learning and fun 

Wootton WI celebrated 100 years since its first meeting with a special ‘afternoon tea’ during its regular meeting on Wednesday (21 August 2019).

The members welcomed guests to share in the celebration of a very special day. The conversation and food was to the backing track of old-time music. One singer appeared to be very pleased with his coconuts…

The founding members who started the village’s WI on 19 August 1919 were remembered in a toast by Gloria Goss, and a special celebration cake was cut by Dorothy Warman who has been a member of Wootton WI for 54 years.

Karen Hawes, Wootton WI joint president said:

“Wootton WI is so proud to have reached our centenary year and look forward to providing friendship, learning and fun for all women in Wootton for another 100 years!

“To have been running this long is a real achievement and is testament to the value of the WI to all of our members both past and present.”

New members always welcome

The afternoon tea was prepared by Gemma Colby from Copper Kitchen Northampton. Gemma is a member of Bedford WI and is well known in WI circles for her specially designed celebration cakes.

There will be further celebrations on Saturday 7 September as Wootton WI unveils a commemorative plaque at the Memorial Hall at 10.30 am.

Wootton WI meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Wootton Memorial Hall. Why not go along and see what they do? The speaker at the next meeting will be Verity Slaughter-Penney with a glass painting demonstration.

Wootton WI has a very strong membership, but new members are always welcome.

Email (subject line “Wootton WI”) or visit Wootton Beds Women’s Institute Facebook page for more information. Membership of the WI is open to women who have reached the Age of Majority. There is no upper age limit to becoming a WI member.

The Bedfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes is also celebrating its 100th birthday this year.

To mark this anniversary, church bells around the county will ring for 15 minutes at 7.00pm on 27 September 2019.

Wootton WIs longest serving member Dorothy Warman cuts the celebration cake watched by joint-president Karen Hawes