On the evening of Tuesday 16th July, Edwinstowe Historical Society fulfilled a request to talk to the Edwinstowe Merry Women WI about the original village Women’s Institute. Mrs Hawkes and Mrs Share outlined details of the events surrounding the formation of the WI organisation which originated in Canada in 1887 and was set up in Britain in 1915.
Reference was made to the people involved with the early days of Edwinstowe’s WI and various events which had taken place. Photographs were of interest especially when some of the audience recognised people they knew.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Edwinstowe’s first WI, refreshments were provided in true WI style and included cakes, scones, jam and cream.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th September, when Chris Booth will talk about the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway.
Meetings are held in the Church Rooms, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9NJ on the third Wednesday of the month, commencing at 2.00pm and lasting for approximately two hours. Tea and coffee and biscuits are available. Annual membership remains at £12.00 and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.00. Further information is available on the website www.edwinstowehistory.org.uk and enquiries may be made to EdwinstoweHistorySoc@gmail.com.