90 years of fun, food and great fellowship

PHOTO: DAVID HURST'Forton Women's Institute members celebrate their 90th anniversary with a birthday cake cut by President Yvonne Clavin
PHOTO: DAVID HURST'Forton Women's Institute members celebrate their 90th anniversary with a birthday cake cut by President Yvonne Clavin
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WHEN members of Forton WI arrived at the village hall for their latest meeting it was to celebrate the institute’s 90th birthday.

First of all, they were invited to have wine or a soft drink and nibbles and were amazed at the sight of tasteful decorations giving a truly festive air.

At the front, on a silver stand, was the cake made by Mary Procter and beautifully decorated by Hilda Dugdale to mark 90 years of Forton WI.

First was the celebration of Yvonne Tomlinson’s success in taking the prize photograph of Scorton Church, featured in the 2012 WI Lancashire federation calendar, with the presentation of her certificate and cup by Liz Williams, a member of the Lancashire Federation Board of Trustees, which has responsibility for the calendar, under the flash of cameras to record the occasion.

The president, Yvonne Clavin, welcomed the other special guests from the Lancashire Federation; chairman, Mary Gibson, Eleanor Clarke and Hazel Short who has recently retired as a WI adviser and was federation chairman twice. Mrs Clavin spoke about the great values of the WI over the years and how these were still the backbone of the institute today.

What followed – the delicious supper, provided and served by Betty Singleton and her ladies, and the old-time games provided by Sandra Maher assisted by Pat Murgatroyd – highlighted how fun, food and fellowship have been at its core, coupled with the desire to learn new skills and to show concern for those whose lives are touched by injustice of all kinds, both in this country and abroad.