The 100th anniversary of the Womens Institute was marked with a special celebration in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (September 12th).

A Centenary Exhibition was held in The Princess Theatre, where craft demonstrations and displays were held throughout the day.

The exhibition showed what the WI has achieved over the past 100 years, and members of the WI from across Somerset were on hand to share their knowledge, with lots of information about what has happened since the first WI group was formed in 1915 in Wales.

The Belles of Burnham WI group also held their own celebratory challenge with three groups of members taking to the streets for their own version of ‘Bargain Hunt’, looking in the town’s local charity shops for items most likely to raise money at a fundraising auction due to be held on 6th October.

Brenda Adams, secretary of Burnham WI, told “A very successful day was held at the WI 100th Anniversary Exhibition. The tea and home-made cakes proved to be very popular by the many who turned up to visit us!”

“There were many interesting craft demonstrations by the different WI’s from around the area.”

“The Mayor and Mayoress were also welcomed during the day and were shown a display on the history of the WI and all the different campaigns and resolutions that the WI have had over the past 100 years.”