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Heasley Mill WI Celebrate 60 years

PUBLISHED: 13:02 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 April 2013

Heasley Mill WI Celebrate 60 years

Heasley Mill WI Celebrate 60 years

Heasley Mill is a tiny community in the foothills of Exmoor's national park, with only handful of dwellings but nevertheless, way back in 1953 it started a branch of the Women's Institute which is still active today.

Heasley Mill is a tiny community in the foothills of Exmoors national park, with only handful of dwellings but nevertheless, way back in 1953 it started a branch of the Womens Institute which is still active today. And on Saturday 16th March, exactly 60 years later, the WI celebrated with a special tea, inviting members past and present.

As you would expect, an amazing spread was laid on, with not a shop-bought cake, pasty or sandwich in sight! The centrepiece of the afternoon was a magnificently iced cake, made by WI member Margaret Hooper, with Edna Geen doing the ceremonial cutting. Edna, who lived and ran the post office in Heasley Mill, but now lives in North Molton, was the founder member who came up with the idea of starting the Heasley Mill branch and she gathered together 45 local ladies who went on to establish the WI.

Carol Fenwick is the current President of Heasley Mill WI. On welcoming everyone, including Elma Blackmoor North Devon President, Julie Ayre Vice President and six founder members said: It is lovely to see so many familiar faces past and present together for our celebration, with Elizabeth Spence making the journey from Leicestershire, and other members from the Mole Group.

Heasley Mill WI still meets in the very pretty village hall, which comes with a well equipped kitchen, a car park and public toilets. It is a great venue for family parties and other functions and if anyone wishes to book the Hall, at competitive charges, please contact Mrs Janet Jerrett on (01598) 740315 for further details.

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