Lindfield club marks centenary year of WI

Lindfield WI exhibition at Lindfield Arts Festival SUS-150210-100938001
Lindfield WI exhibition at Lindfield Arts Festival SUS-150210-100938001

In September 2015 the WI celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The National Federation has marked the occasion with all sorts of events including a garden party with the Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace and a huge Centenary Fair in Harrogate.

In Lindfield - and all over the country - the specially raised Centenary Roses bloomed precisely on time. Ours are outside King Edward Hall. At Worthing, the West Sussex Federation presented The Sleeping Giant, words and music celebrating the centenary, and featuring a number of Lindfield Evening WI members.

We delved into our photo archives to create a fabulous display for the Lindfield Arts Festival. Our historic pictures of the WI nationally and in Lindfield attracted plenty of attention. Lindfield Evening WI is 59 years old, so many Festival goers found long-forgotten pictures of themselves, their mothers and grandmothers on show.

At Lindfield Evening WI’s September meeting, former teacher Bill Avenell spoke about Christ’s Hospital School, founded in the City of London in 1552 then, since 1902, established just outside Horsham. Bill’s insider-knowledge of the secret passageways beneath the school buildings and the private language that developed there was entertaining while his pictures of the magnificent buildings and art works were fascinating. Several WI members will visit Christ’s Hospital later this month to see it for themselves and to watch the quaintly dressed children march behind their school band.

Also last month, members visited Ardingly WI for cheese and wine and the knitters will natter over the clickety clack of their needles.

The finishing touches are being put on entries for the craft competitions at the South of England Autumn Show and recipes are being tried out for the baking classes.

In October the Book Club will discuss Still Alice and members will enjoy an evening’s wine tasting at South Downs Wine in Lindfield High Street.

At the next monthly meeting of Lindfield Evening WI one of our favourite speakers, actor Ian Gledhill will delight us (we’re sure) with his talk: The Magic of Pantomime. We will meet as usual on the second Thursday of the month at Kind Edward Hall. If you are tempted to join us, you will find contact details on our notice boards at the Hall and in the village.

Report and picture contributed by Rebecca Patman.