Barns Green & Itchingfield Women’s Institute celebrate 100 years

MP Jeremy Quin sent a personal note of congratulations on turning 100.

The celebrations began with Annette Relph, President, thanking past and present members for making the group so inclusive and friendly.

Marita Watteau gave an informative talk on the history of WI in West Sussex, followed by a buffet lunch, celebratory drink and cake.

Barns Green WI celebrates 100 years

Members were entertained by the Horsham Accordion Band, which played songs from the past 10 decades, including some old favourites: Yesterday, Top of the World and Over the Rainbow. Naturally, the members accompanied the band as they performed in Jerusalem, and Reverend Sandra Hall closed the celebrations with a prayer of thanks.

Barns Green & Itchingfield Women’s Institute meet on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Barns Green Village Hall.

The group enjoys a wide variety of speakers and demonstrations and these are always followed by tea and cake. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

The Women’s Institute was established in 1915 to revitalize rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in food production during World War I.

WI groups campaign to tackle relevant issues that matter to members, from equal pay and climate change to mental health and violence against women.

On September 22, members of Barns Green WI went out to Peelers Retreat in Arundel.

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