King’s Somborne WI celebrated its 100th Birthday with a Centenary Tea Party on 20 February in the Village Hall. The Hall was decorated with the massed pennants of the Hampshire Federation.
Our President Sarah Pennington had assembled a rolling slide show of King’s Somborne then and now. Mary Pollock had curated an historical display of some events in the 100 years since the branch was formed. Eileen Humphreys and Sue Joyce had made and iced a splendid two-tier Birthday Cake which echoed the theme of W.I. pennants. Guests were invited to take a welcome drink and to wander round and chat to old and new friends, before sitting down to tea.
Guests of honour were Hampshire Federation County Chairman Gina Ireland and past Presidents Vivian Clowes, Christine Mitchell and Sally Wilson, together with Linda Aucock (a past Present but also our present Secretary). Sally Wilson made a short speech on behalf of all those present wishing the K.S.W.I. good fortune in the future. It was announced that the celebratory collage made by Barbara Barnes would henceforward be on permanent display in the Village Hall.
After those present had enjoyed a delicious tea while catching up with old friends, crowned by a slice of the Birthday Cake and a further celebratory drink, we were treated to a musical entertainment by Bill Martin, accompanied by Sophie Aynsley at the Piano. As invited, we sang along with gusto to old favourite songs and Bill ended with a couple of more contemporary numbers.