THE first Women’s Institute group to be formed in England will host a once-in-a-lifetime event at the Singleton-based Weald and Downland Open Air Museum on Tuesday, September 8.
Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute opened in November, 1915.
To celebrate this centenary, the museum will welcome Janice Langley, chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes for ‘100 Not Out’, a WI showcase.
The event will have activities running throughout the museum site on this special day.
WIs from West Sussex will create individual table-top displays in the museum’s Downland Gridshell building, each commemorating the year in which they were each founded.
Every WI in West Sussex is invited to apply for a table-top display – an application form is available from the museum’s website www.wealddown.co.uk/whats-on.
Deborah Harwood, owner of The Textile Space and winner of West Sussex Woman of the Year in Arts 2014, will be presenting ‘Creating a Sketchbook’, an inspirational seminar on how to start a sketchbook of creative ideas, thoughts and plans.
The WI’s enduring ethos is that of inspiring women and the ‘One hundred years of inspiring women’ display will feature the most inspiring women from each decade since the formation of the WI, as nominated by WI members – visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their own most inspiring women from each decade.
Tickets are also available on the day, priced at standard admission – for more information, call 01243 811021.
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