On 14th February 2021 Prestbury WI will be celebrating its 100th Birthday.
Prior to 1921 a few WI groups had already started up in Gloucestershire and this inspired two local women Maud Baghot de la Bere and Miss Constance Lilian Ratcliff to start a group in Prestbury. Women had learnt the importance of helping each other when men folk were away fighting in the war.
In January 1921 these two women were responsible for the organisation of a WI in Prestbury. Together with A Lidderdale, M Lidderdale, E Davis, F Yeo, M Kear, M Major, I Harvey, Hilda Seabrooke, C Slessor and L Pitt they formed the first committee and made plans. They decided to hold the first meeting in the Men’s room in the Hall in the High Street (now the site of the King’s Arms Car Park) on Monday 14th February.
Sadly, the plans to hold a 100th Birthday Party in the WI Hall this month have been postponed due to government restrictions in the response to Covid-19. However, in true WI spirit we came up with a plan. Many of our members will be displaying the number 100 in their windows, decorated in a myriad of ways, for a week from Sunday February 14th. We hope our fellow villagers will enjoy seeing our decorated windows when they take their exercise.
Full details: WI 100 Article for magazine