Deverill Valley and Crockerton WI Nr Warminster recently celebrated the centenary of their WI in March 2020. Recently some of the members of the WI were able to enjoy a belated lunch at the George Hotel Longbridge Deverill in celebration of the centenary.
Pat Wood a former President has made a gorgeous banner which they plan to have placed in the Longbridge Deverill Village Hall. When restrictions are lifted they are planning a big party.
This WI was formed in 1920 with 34 members, a further 18 joined soon afterwards. The members have been highly active from the beginning raising funds, running information classes, and winning prizes for butter making. In 1924 they competed in the London agricultural show and won first prize.
They also enjoy social events, outings, concerts and whist drives. They have also hosted delicious teas for WIs within the West who have been travelling through the county
One of this WI's proudest moment was when a former President (Pat Wood in 2007 as a delegate to the National WI meeting in London's Albert Hall) put forward a resolution calling for a halt to cottage hospital closures with the resulting vote being 99% in favour.
In 1965 another former president (Ann Duffosee) had been invited to a Buckingham House Garden party!
Deverill Valley and Crockerton WI has been responsible for a wide variety of projects in various localities throughout England and Wales. Encouraged by Lady Bath, members agreed to study “The Deverill's Wonderful Water“ recounting stories about water in the area which was published into a superb book.
The WI numbers are now less than the original numbers, however they still have members who joined in the 1950's and still enjoy their WI friendship. They are just as enthusiastic as when they first joined. A programme of events is normally planned, however they will always welcome new members to join them when the government restrictions are lifted.
The Federation wishes all the members of Deverill Valley and Crockerton WI a heartfelt congratulations on this milestone and hopes that they will be able to enjoy time with their entire WI soon.