Wednesday, 12 November 2014


It was 25 years almost to the day when President Pauline Buckley and ex-President Joan Bowers cut the cake to start the ball rolling for the silver anniversary of Roundhay WI on the 9th October, 2014.

The evenings theme of 'Inspiring Women' reflected the choice of the NFWI which celebrates its centenary in 2015.

A lively evening of poetry, pate and prose followed a suitable heartfelt rendition of 'Happy Birthday to Us'  Poems read, a quiz on inspiring women, a free raffle, a game of stand up sit down bingo all added to the fun, with the highlight being a quintet singing about 'their favourite things', but with a marked, age related difference!!  All this before members and visitors alike tucked into the buffet provided.

From the start Roundhay WI proved to be successful and lively, attracting nearly 40 members at the first official meeting, all of whom paid the princely sum of £7.50 to join!  Manty of the talks and activities which took place in those early years are still replicated in some way today.  25 years ago there were 'knit ins', whist drives, games evenings and a variety of talks on such things as first aid, clocks and watches, local government and wine tasting.  Today there are interest groups such a strolling, 'meat and eat', dicussion and crafts.  Talks in the coming months with include photography, blue plaques, the fun side of banking and hand bells.

The anniversary evening was thoroughly enjoyed by both members and visitors and proved to be a fitting celebration of 25 successful years.  Long may Roundhay WI continue!