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Milton WI reaches its century

100 years of Milton WI was celebrated with a party in the village hall on 19th June. The WI was formed at the very end of the First World War and provided a social outlet for women who until then had very much stayed at home. One of the original reasons for the formation of the WI movement was the production of food during the German submarine campaign in 1917 –18.
100 years on sees a very different world but the bonds of friendship between the members remain as strong as ever.

Representatives from all village societies and neighbouring WIs were invited to celebrate the occasion. The County Chairman, Jane Probitts, and other members of the County executive joined around 100 people in the hall decorated with gold balloons, bunting and beautiful flowers. The Milton President, Linda Dixon, welcomed everyone and invited them to look at the exhibitions of members’ crafts and costumes throughout the last 100 years.
Jane Probitts proposed a toast to the future of Milton WI and said that she could feel the warmth and friendship between the members and their guests.

A beautiful celebration cake made by Jo and Edna Naish was cut by the President, Val Davis and Alison Faulkner who are our longest serving and youngest member respectively. Val Davis was presented with a silver brooch for 70 years continuous membership.

A delicious buffet prepared by members was a feast for the eyes and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. All guests were asked to sign a commemorative book which will be a wonderful archive for future members to look at.

Milton WI is in extremely good health and is looking forward to the future.

Rose Hartley

Once in a blue moon
It is not often that one is invited to celebrate a 100th birthday so I was particularly pleased to attend the party on June 19th to mark 100 years of the WI in Milton under Wychwood. Their first meeting was held on 27th May 1918 and, as the current President, Linda Dixon read out the names of the original members; it was interesting to note how many names live on in the village today. Guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly and entering the beautifully decorated Milton Village Hall it was delightful to see so many friendly faces, not just WI members but representatives from all the local groups and clubs that make up village life.
Memories of past days were read and glasses raised to ‘The WI inspiring women.’

Christine Halliday

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August – September 2018