WI reaches 100
The first meeting in this Centenary Year of Stanhoe and Barwick WI was a memorable one. A beautiful carved wooden plaque was unveiled in the Village Hall to commemorate the centenary and to mark our history in the WI movement.
photos: Rosemary Brown
On the theme of “Women Inspiring Women” our speaker was Carol Bower, a recent mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, who told us about her year in office. As well as chairing meetings of 65 Councillors her interest in the community came to the fore. It was a year of travelling all over West Norfolk to meet people, to meet organisations and businesses and to open events, mostly wearing her mayoral gold chain and often with the heavy robes and hat of office too.
All of this was backed up with a series of photographs and funny stories. Far from being a totally serious time, Carol’s experiences involved riding on the back of a motorbike, taking part in a cycling event, climbing to the top of a very tall tower, and experiencing the archaeological dig at Sedgeford. Her mayoral portrait depicting the cliffs of Hunstanton in the background rather than a scene in King’s Lynn really showed the inclusiveness of her year.
It was an illuminating talk.
We later had a swift move through the business, addressing the six national Resolutions which we were required to vote on, involving mostly community-based ideas and women’s health issues. As well as discussing future events in our centenary year and showing the hampers which we all subscribed to as a gift to the carver of the plaque.