Ladies celebrate 40th anniversary

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MEMBERS past and present united to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a women’s group.

About 40 past and present members gathered to mark four decades of Millbrook Women’s Institute at Christ the King Church in Deeble Road, Kettering, last Monday.

President Bobby Fowell said: “They enjoyed it and said the entertainment was great. Everybody said it was lovely to have a room-full.”

A scrapbook of photographs and contemporary written accounts of the group’s outings and other business helped bring memories flooding back and the members sat reminiscing about shared experiences.

The group’s 30th anniversary was covered in the book.

Members also gave a short presentation on what was happening in the news in 1972, when the group was established.

Quartet Dave Clemo Music provided entertainment in the form of folk and skiffle music before the ladies tucked into a buffet meal prepared by members.

A cake decorated with an edible picture of the members helped celebrate the landmark.

Women’s Institute members from Rushton and Newton, Geddington and Barton Seagrave attended the party as guests.

County chairman Lynda Beck and county advisor Sue Kendall attended the party and congratulated the group on the anniversary.

And the ladies sang the hymn Jerusalem.

Mrs Fowell, 67, of Martin Road, Kettering, said: “It was pleasant to have the chairman because she’s very busy.

“She said that it was an enjoyable evening and wished us all the best.”

The survival of the group is under threat after numbers dwindled to about 20 and Mrs Fowell is hoping to attract new members.

The women meet at the church from 7.30pm on the third Monday of the month. Non-members can attend three meetings in a year as guests before paying membership.

Past members saw the group’s up-coming programme and Mrs Fowell said some were interested in visiting as guests. For details call 01536 356369.