Women’s Institute Diamond Jubilee

Recently, we looked at pictures from Market Lavington and Easterton WI’s album Remembering 1945. Today we see mementoes of another of their events.

Nationally, the Women’s Institute was founded in 1915 and, in Wiltshire, in 1919. The 60 year anniversary being celebrated here is that of the local institute of Market Lavington and Easterton, which started in 1930.

They marked the occasion with a flower show and exhibition and our album contains the schedule, costing 15p.

There were various trophies for the winning entries, which have been awarded over the years at regular flower shows.

Whilst the growers needed to produce fine specimens of flowers, fruit and vegetables, the flower arrangers had some elaborate displays to prepare.

There were also classes for cooks and needleworkers.

The results of all this work were on display in the old wooden Parish Hall in Market Lavington, which was at the roadside edge of the present nursing home site, and has now been demolished and replaced by the more substantial Community Hall. As the show was on a Friday evening and a Saturday, we presume it was open to non member visitors from the general public.

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