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This has been a year of celebrations for the W.I. The organisation reached its' centenary with many events taking place all over the U.K. culminating at the A.G.M. at the Royal Albert Hall with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne and Sophie Wessex in attendance. The Cheshire Federation started 95 years ago and hundreds of ladies attended a wonderful celebratory service at Chester Cathedral.

Lr. Withington W.I. celebrated their 70th. birthday on the 9th. December with 52 members enjoying a magnificent buffet. A beautiful cake had been made specially by Judith Adshead and a dedicated team of ladies had made everyone a small iced presentation cake to take home. Everyone also received a beautiful engraved pen in commemoration of the event.

Special guests Francis Woollam Cheshire Federation Chairman and Sally Dyke W.I. Advisor enjoyed the evening with us. Francis had the honour of cutting the cake. Also present were past presidents Rita Gledhill, Con Lea, Doreen Taylor-Brown, Dorothy Monks, Lesley Waddington and Barbara Hides and last but not least our present Chairman, Ann Daughtrey.

During the evening there was a resume of Lr. Withington's history and members dressed in costume to illuminate the changes that have taken place in the last 70 years, some with great hilarity. There was also a very taxing quiz from Sheila and Ron Gallimore with farm and kitchen implements that we had to guess the name of and who would have used them. In the spirit of the W.I. we were still expanding our knowledge and having a lot of fun to boot. We look forward to the next 70 years.

Our next meeting will be on the fourth Wednesday in January, meetings start at 7.30. Visitors are welcome.

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