WI outings are usually to a stately home, gardens or other place of interest, but for six local ladies it involved a 3,000-mile journey.
Coningsby and Tattershall WI members Janet Coulber, Denise Cotterill, Janet Harrison, Lorna Curtis, Maggie Harness and Betty Harvey took time out from their Lincolnshire meetings to make the 3,500-mile journey to visit their twin WI in Coningsby, Ontario and join in their 110th birthday celebration.
“We had a fantastic time,” said Janet Harrison.
“Each day was very full with the wonderful arrangements our hosts had made.
“They were all very enthusiastic to show us as much as possible.”
Amongst the highlights was a visit to see the Canadian Lancaster ‘Vera’, which came to the UK last year.
“And of course, no WI trip would have been complete without a visit to Adelaide Hoodless Homestead and the Erland Lee Museum, the two people instrumental in the founding of the Women’s Institute organisation back in 1897, ” added Mrs Harrison.
The twinning link was set up between the two WIs in the late 1970s, with the first visit taking place in 1980.
“Now all that is left to ponder is how we will entertain the Canadians when (hopefully) some of them will join us in 2018 when Coningsby and Tattershall WI will be 100,” said Mrs Harrison.