Eric entertains as WIs celebrate

Cynthia Field from Woodhall Spa WI received her 50-year membership certificate EMN-150330-104230001
Cynthia Field from Woodhall Spa WI received her 50-year membership certificate EMN-150330-104230001

WI members from across the North Lincolnshire Federation descended on Skegness for the annual council meeting at the town’s Embassy Centre.

As always, this event recognised landmarks and achievements for both individuals and their groups, as well as providing a day of entertainment.

The team from Woodhall Spa showed they had all the answers by winning the Federation Quiz; Linda O'Neill and Janet O'Regan collected the Margery Mason Trophy EMN-150330-103928001

The team from Woodhall Spa showed they had all the answers by winning the Federation Quiz; Linda O'Neill and Janet O'Regan collected the Margery Mason Trophy EMN-150330-103928001

Guest speaker was well-known Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles, who proved to be a great hit with the ladies.

A skilful raconteur, he kept everyone entertained with his stories from his specialist world and life in general.

And he also spent time handing out the certificates for long membership and group anniversaries.

Among those collecting 50-year membership awards were Doreen Holmes of Spa Afternoon, Cynthia Field of Woodhall Spa and Ellen Thompson of Wragby.

Doreen Holmes from Spa Afternoon WI received her 50-year membership certificate EMN-150330-103656001

Doreen Holmes from Spa Afternoon WI received her 50-year membership certificate EMN-150330-103656001

The longest individual membership award went to Betty Scott from Heighington, who has been a WI member for 80 years.

Her daughter Carol Blakey collected the certificate on her behalf.

And in the audience was a member from Branston WI who was celebrating her 101st birthday that day.

Woodhall Spa WI showed they knew a thing or two when it came to quizzes and beat off the competition from across the Lincolnshire North Federation to win the Margaret Mason trophy.

This year marks a very 
special landmark for the national WI organisation as it is 100 years since the first group was formed at Llanfair PG in Anglesey.

The Women’s Institute had begun at Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897, but it wasn’t until September 11, 1915 a branch formed on these shores.

And it wasn’t long after that branches opened in Lincolnshire.

A number of events are planned across England and Wales to mark this momentous event, including a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall.

And one member from each WI is entitled to send a representative.

Closer to home, Lincolnshire North Federation, which now has its headquarters in Horncastle, will be holding a celebration event in Market Rasen’s Festival Hall on September 19 and a three-month long exhibition at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

For more information visit www.lincsnorthfedwi.weebly.com