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WI Centenary 2015

One Hundred Years of The Women's Institute

1915 - 2015

Celebrating the Women’s Institute Centenary

The Women’s Institute (WI) celebrates its centenary this year. The first meeting in the UK was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales on 16th September 1915. Since then, the WI has grown to become the largest women's voluntary organisation in the UK, with over 212,000 members in 6,600 branches.

The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) hosted its Centenary Annual Meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4th June 2015, with delegate Christine Saffell representing Kelvedon WI. The meeting was enjoyed by 5,100 members in the hall, and by thousands of viewers across the country as they tuned into the live broadcast of the proceedings. HM The Queen, HRH The Princess Royal, and HRH The Countess of Wessex joined this years very special meeting. HM The Queen is President of Sandringham WI, HRH The Princess Royal is a long-standing NFWI Associate, and HRH The Countess of Wessex is a member of Bagshot WI. HM The Queen delivered a moving speech, congratulating the WI on its 100th anniversary.

Our Celebrations

Kelvedon WI held their Centenary Celebration in St Mary’s Church gardens, Kelvedon on 12th August.

Luckily the rain stayed away and we all enjoyed a relaxing evening with a buffet and wine, chatting and taxing our brains over a WI centenary quiz.

Our thanks go to Revd. Simon Garwood for popping in and doing us the honour of cutting the celebratory cake which was made by Mary Mays, one of our Committee members.

The proceeds from the raffle went to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.


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