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Swythamley Women's Institute 50th birthday celebrations

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

Pictured from the back left, M Swinson, A Willmott, F Pye, M Ferneyhough, S Harrison, E Fernandez, F Fernyhough, and C Suter. From the left in the middle, A Bailey, T Stubbs, G Edwards, E Lowe, G Eardley, D Kay and O Warner. From the left in the front, G Hall, L Burgess, E Elks, L Whittaker, C Pye, and J Robinson.

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A women's institute has begun a year of celebrations for its 50th anniversary.

In 1964 the ladies of the diverse area of Swythamley decided to form a new WI group.

They held the group's meetings in what was then the local school at Gun End, now known as Swythamley and Heaton Centre.

The WI, as part of the local community, played a part in raising funds for the initial acquisition of the centre when the school closed.

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Swythamley WI has also been involved in supporting other local charities in the area.

Earlier this month, the WI held a 50th Anniversary party for members and friends at Sheila's Tearooms in Rushton, where all the members were presented with a photo of current members.

Elizabeth Lowe, the current president of Swythamley WI, made a toast to the WI recalling the various ex-presidents and the various activities the group has enjoyed over the years.

Mrs Lowe then cut the cake which had been made by Gwen Eardley.

A silver president's badge was presented to the institute by Therese Stubbs, the daughter of founder member Miriam Robinson. Mrs Lowe said: "Currently with 23 members 'Small but beautifully formed' is the adage used by many visitors to Swythamley WI. Long may it continue."

Anyone wishing to find out more about Swythamley Women's Instute, can call Liz Lowe on the number 01260 226341.

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