Proud to be celebrating WI centenary

It is an inspirational organisation that has been the backbone of many communities up and down the land for more than a century '“ the Women's Institute (WI).

Friday, 9th November 2018, 11:05 am
Members of Bamburgh WI at the preview night of the Proud To Be 100 centenary exhibition at Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

The organisation was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.

Since then it has inspired millions of women and plays a key role in providing educational opportunities and the chance to develop new skills, take part in a myriad of activities and campaign on issues that are important to them and their communities.

This year, seven WIs have been marking their centenaries: Alnmouth, Bamburgh, Doddington, Eglingham, Embleton, Howick and Longhoughton and Boulmer.

The Northumberland Federation of WIs is also celebrating 100 years. in existence.

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The culmination of those celebrations is a fabulous exhibition, Proud To Be 100, which runs at the Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick until Sunday, December 9.

The groups gathered for a preview evening at the museum last Friday.

Pictured are members of the Bamburgh WI at the event, including president Christine Hutchinson (centre).

Romaine Barclay-Kim, exhibition co-ordinator, said: “I would like to express our gratitude to Mick Grant of the Bailiffgate Museum, who spent endless hours scanning, editing and printing the texts and photos which are now hanging in their frames. Other volunteers at the museum and the WI ladies are also thanked for their contributions in time and effort.”