Tea with Harley is a highlight of WI show

Tea With Harley - the WI calendar now on sale. EMN-150921-154752001
Tea With Harley - the WI calendar now on sale. EMN-150921-154752001

The Women’s Institute celebrated its 100th birthday last week and a special exhibition of members’ work was held in Sleaford.

The WI’s Lincolnshire South Federation held an exhibition of WI members’ talents on Saturday at North Kesteven Council Chambers. There were craft and floral displays and other skills on show, as well as workshops, demonstrations and entertainment from the WI Choir.

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. WI members with Harley Davidson riders involved in a charity calendar. Front L-R Andrew Moreton - calendar photographer, Debbie Venn - chairman of Lincs South Federation of WI, Heather Forrington - West London Harley Riders. EMN-150921-153621001

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. WI members with Harley Davidson riders involved in a charity calendar. Front L-R Andrew Moreton - calendar photographer, Debbie Venn - chairman of Lincs South Federation of WI, Heather Forrington - West London Harley Riders. EMN-150921-153621001

Federation president Debbie Venn said it was a busy day with the public as well as WI members from neighbouring federations visiting and all were impressed. It was opened by the chairman of NKDC, Coun Gill Ogden, and there was an additional display by pupils of Sleaford’s William Alvey School.

The WI also welcomed four members of the West London Harley Riders Club to officially launch a calendar from which £1 of the £5 asking price for each one sold will go to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

For four days over the Bank Holiday weekend in May the Federation were asked by the biker group to serve tea and cakes at their European Super Rally for Harley Davidson Bikers at the Lincolnshire Showground. To repay the favour, a dozen of the bikers agreed to pose for the calendar with women from the WI, including members from Dorrington, Leasingham and Metheringham, including president Mrs Venn. The shots were taken by cameraman Andrew Morton around the showground.

To thank the riders, the women presented them with a framed print of all those involved on Saturday.

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. Margaret Mundy of Rauceby WI with the Rauceby display. EMN-150921-153643001

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. Margaret Mundy of Rauceby WI with the Rauceby display. EMN-150921-153643001

Mrs Venn said: “Hopefully we will raise about £1,000. We had good fun in the woods posing and the bikers were fantastic.” She admitted one or two ladies struggled keeping their modesty with their skirts on the bikes, but none were allowed to drive them.

You can pick up your copy of the calendar from the WI office at Suite 7, 7a and 8, Pattinson House, Oak Park, East Road, Sleaford, NG34 7EQ, call 01529 302398 or email: fedoffice@lsfwi.org.uk

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. President of Metheringham WI Audrey Webb with the Metheringham display. EMN-150921-153632001

WI exhibition at NKDC offices, celebrationg 100 years of the WI. President of Metheringham WI Audrey Webb with the Metheringham display. EMN-150921-153632001