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End of an era for Women’s Institute in Denton

Members of the Denton branch of the Women's Institute, from left to right, Vicky Howlett, Hazel Grinter, Iris Bratton, Margaret Thorton, Mary Blackbourn, Jennie Green and Lesley Devine.

Members of the Denton branch of the Women's Institute, from left to right, Vicky Howlett, Hazel Grinter, Iris Bratton, Margaret Thorton, Mary Blackbourn, Jennie Green and Lesley Devine.

After 96 years the Denton branch of the Women’s Institute has held its final meeting.

The village’s group was founded in 1918 by Lady Maria Welby, but it has now had to come to an end due to falling membership, rising costs and the loss of its long-serving president, Gill Mitchell.

For their last outing the members went for a meal and enjoyed the views at Woody’s in Ancaster, where a crystal vase was presented to their treasurer of 40 years Iris Bratton.

Member Sally Weston said: “The ladies learnt many new crafts, heard interesting talks at their years of meetings but most of all made lasting friendships, which will still remain.”

 

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