Celebrations as Desborough WI marks its 30th anniversary

The pearl anniversary celebrations for Desborough WI
The pearl anniversary celebrations for Desborough WI

Members of a Women’s Institute group have celebrated 30 years of friendship and fun.

Desborough WI put on a special afternoon tea at the town’s community centre on Saturday to mark the group’s pearl anniversary.

About 80 people attended the celebration, including current members as well as representatives from other WI branches in the area and official representatives from Northampton.

Entertainment was provided by the String of Pearls singing group, who performed songs from the shows, and there were two special guests to help cut the cake.

Joy Spence and Karen Gilligan, the daughters of the late Kath Kilpack who was the main driving force in establishing the Desborough group 30 years ago, had the honour of cutting the cake.

Pamela Pringle, who is vice president of the Desborough group and has been a member for about 10 years, said: “It was very good.

“There were about 80 of us, we had a beautiful cake and we had lots of sandwiches and home-made cakes for the tea.”

She added: “The committee works hard and everyone had a really good time on Saturday.”

The group has more than 40 members, including about 10 on the committee.

They organise monthly events and days out, including trips to the theatre, farms and garden centres.

Asked what she enjoys about the WI, Mrs Pringle said: “It’s meeting other people and we get some really interesting speakers coming along, it’s the social side of it.”

Mrs Pringle said the group’s membership tended to be women aged over-50, although younger members are always welcome.

However, numbers don’t seem to be a problem for the group, with Mrs Pringle adding: “We have had quite a few members join this year.

“I think we have got about 47 members now.

“Women are welcome to come along and give us a try.”

The group meets at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month at St Giles Community Centre in Desborough and there is an annual membership fee.

New members are always welcome.