A sunny Saturday afternoon in May saw more than 80 people gather together to celebrate St Dennis WI’s Centenary at the Working Men’s Club in St Dennis.
St Dennis WI’s inaugural meeting was held on 4 May 1922 at the village school, with 53 members signing up, including the patronage of Ingeborg Lady Molesworth St Aubyn.
Today there are just 13 members who meet monthly.
Thanks to the support of generous donations from the Parish Council and Rodda’s Creamery, the members were able to lay on a delicious cream tea for all their guests. Kathryn Truscott, St Dennis’s President welcomed and thanked everyone, and extracts from the archives were shared. Many of the archives – books, photographs and other memorabilia – were on display. Also on display were a large number of crafted poppies – a project is underway to make a curtain of poppies for St Denys Church in time for Remembrance Day 2022.
The hall was decorated with bunting made from recycled duvet covers – in the WI colours of green, white and purple – as well as fresh flowers on every table. Members dressed in styles from across the centenary. The room was filled with music from across the decades as well as chat and laughter. It was a wonderful celebration of 100 years and the anticipation of many more to come.