Bev clocks up 50 years


Bev Jackson has been with the Netherby Women's Institute (WI) for 50 years.
Bev Jackson has been with the Netherby Women's Institute (WI) for 50 years.
Bev Jackson has been a member of the Netherby Women’s Institute (WI) for just on 50 years.

She joined in 1969 after being encouraged by her neighbour Iris Taylor, who was also a member at the time.

It was an intimate group with less than 30 members.

At the time Bev was mother to three young children, a daughter aged seven, and twin boys aged three, so it was a great way to learn skills. They held demonstration events, learned about floral decorations, cooking and sewing.

The meetings were originally held in a giant shed, with a big fireplace, along Bridge Street, near Mill Creek, and Bev vividly remembers being surprised by a cow which lived in the paddock next door.

Even now decades later it still makes her chuckle.

The WI then moved to the Savage Hall before meetings moved to the Senior Centre.

Bev, 83, says joining the WI was one of the best things she ever did, that and marrying husband, Earle.

The couple celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary on February 6.

"It did me good to (join), I was a quiet wee thing," she said.

The branch this month has been around for 56 years and 21 of the Netherby WI got together to celebrate over lunch at the Speight’s Ale House before holding their regular meeting at the rear of the premises.

Some of them added a touch of green to their clothing - or hair - as a tribute to the upcoming St Paddy’s Day.

President Adrienne Hodson said the Netherby WI hosted interesting speakers, enjoyed music, housie, craft and floral competitions but was looking to include more trips on their itinerary to pique members interest.


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