Members of the Whitland Women’s Institute (WI) recently celebrated the organisation’s 100th birthday, complete with a garden party, Calendar Girls-themed cake, and Welsh love spoons, making a celebration worthy of a centenary celebration.

In Your Area reports that Whitland WI was originally established in Carmarthenshire town in the South West of Wales in July 1921, and now has 28 members and holds a variety of events throughout the year to help support local charities and businesses.

The organisation also holds monthly meetings with guests speakers on a range of subjects, as well as organised day trips out.

To commemorate the landmark birthday, members of the WI were provided with an individual tea box by a local company, the Coffee Lounge, and attached to each box was a handcrafted Welsh love spoon.

A cake was made by WI committee member Emma Allum, who chose a sunflower theme, due to the association with the film about the WI, The Calendar Girls.

President Barbara Hunt gave a speech before cutting the cake and raising a toast to all members, old and new.

A spokesperson from Whitland WI said: “It was a great chance for everyone to all meet up again outdoors to celebrate the centenary, especially as the members had not been able to meet up for the last 18 months due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“Whitland WI are hoping to resume monthly meetings again very soon in a Covid-safe environment to ensure everyone is safe and happy.”

For more information about joining the WI, contact secretary Nicola Bellarby on 01994 453708.

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