Village News: 60 years of WI at Caythorpe

Caythorpe WI is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Caythorpe WI is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

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When 56 members past and present of Caythorpe and District WI arrived at Caythorpe Village Hall to celebrate their 60th Anniversary on Thursday 13th June, many were wearing magnificent home-made party hats of every shape, size and colour adorned with everything from sunflowers to spatulas and teacups!

When 56 members past and present of Caythorpe and District WI arrived at Caythorpe Village Hall to celebrate their 60th Anniversary on Thursday 13th June, many were wearing magnificent home-made party hats of every shape, size and colour adorned with everything from sunflowers to spatulas and teacups!

Caythorpe WI is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Caythorpe WI is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

As guests took their places, displays of past events, outings, campaigns undertaken by members and photo albums (reminders of friends old and new) were there for all to see.

The new official WI logo was being prominently displayed in the new green and white bunting bought especially for the day.

Members and guests could view events that took place in 1953, when the WI in Caythorpe was first formed; Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in Westminster Abbey and the conquering of Mount Everest by Hillary and Tensing to name but two.

Also on display was the original account book for 1953; this only came to light this year following an appeal to villagers to look in their lofts for anything that may have been left there and forgotten. It revealed who the founder members were and that the first meeting was held in Caythorpe Hall, the home of Mrs Louise Gray who became the first President. From nine ladies at that very first meeting, membership rose to 40 by the next and 80 the following year.

A welcome was given by President Janet Hoddell to members old and new and to Ann Tear from area office, everyone then enjoyed the delicious meal provided by members and the committee. The hall buzzed with chatter as they reminisced with each other and enjoyed being entertained by table magician Paul Vickers. He was thanked by Robina Heald.

Mary Siddans (a current member, a past president and one of the longest serving members) then proposed the toast and Margaret Metheringham (now in her nineties and an early member) cut the celebration cake made by president Janet Hoddell and decorated by member Ros Hollingworth. It was remarkable, with its teacup on top filled with delicately worked flowers and leaves, all in sugarcraft

Special 60th anniversary projects had been on-going for almost two years and Caroline Long introduced the ladies who were proud to reveal the new tablecloth they had made. They were Janet Hoddell, Deanna Hammond, Pauline Dorey, Carolyn Snaith, Ann Russell and Sue Dix. They used traditional embroidery techniques but with a modern twist - each corner depicted a typical WI theme i.e. health and fitness, nature and the environment and so on. Around the edge was embroidered each current member’s name on a white band contrasting beautifully with the lemon colour of the cloth. They were thanked by Sue Case.

Sue herself then presented the WI with a notice board/ display cabinet already mounted on the village hall wall. She had donated this as a thank-you for the friendship and support given to her as a newcomer to the village and when she was president of the WI over the last four years. It displayed pieces of memorabilia including a framed photograph of its founder, Mrs Gray and the accounts book; she was thanked by Janet Hoddell.

On behalf of the guests, Sheila Sinnatt gave the vote of thanks to the sub-committee for planning and organising the party. The Commemorative Bookmark (designed by Sue Case and bearing the official WI logo) was given to each of the guests.

The first prize for the best decorated hat went to Sue Dix, second place to Kathleen Metheringham and finally the 3rd prize went to Barbara Phelps. The raffle was drawn and eight lucky ladies received the vases containing the flowers which had provided a centre for each table and Mary Giles won the cake decoration. But this was not the end of the evening; there was a surprise in store for someone.

In recognition of over 35 years’ continual service to the committee, Janet Hoddell was very pleased to present a gift and flowers to Deanna Hammond. Deanna has at some point held every committee role and is always the first to volunteer if a job needs doing.