WI members enjoy celebrating 30th anniversary of group

Sue Macdonald, Ann Harlow, Dot Exton and Margaret Hughes.
Sue Macdonald, Ann Harlow, Dot Exton and Margaret Hughes.
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IT WAS a celebration to remember for the ladies of a Women’s Institute group.

Holbrook WI marked its 30th birthday at its latest meeting and said thank you to long-standing members.

The group has been meeting at Hardway and Elson District Community Centre, in Coombe Road in Gosport for many years having originally started at Holbrook School.

After seeing its numbers fluctuate, the group now has around 60 members who meet monthly to listen to speakers, catch-up and socialise.

Secretary Sue Wesley said the birthday celebrations were a lot of fun.

‘It was a great evening which everyone enjoyed,’ she said.

‘We gave flowers to the last founding member we have and we also gave flowers to the first group of members who joined 30 years ago.

‘It was lovely to celebrate the 30 years and share our memories of the club.

‘I think we are one of the longest-running groups in Gosport, which is something we can all be proud of.’

As well as celebrating with some anniversary cake, the women enjoyed a song from poet Dennis Bryan.

He was the speaker for the meeting and sang a song he had written for the Holbrook WI group.

Mr Bryan read some of his poetry which Sue said was very good.

She added: ‘We all liked the poetry and we especially enjoyed the song he had written for us.

‘It was a very nice way to mark the occasion.’

Holbrook WI meets on the third Monday of every month at 7.30pm.

During the meetings, they either listen to speakers or take part in quizzes or beetle drives.

They use the time to talk about goings-on in the area and to catch up.

Space is available if new members want to join.

Sue said: ‘We are not at capacity so if people want to join then they can.

‘We are all getting a little bit older so to have some new members would be a great addition for the group.’