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FOURWAYS WI: The WI held their meeting on September 7 following a two month break from meeting at the Luxford Centre: In July our WI group spent a wonderful day at Pashley Manor Gardens where we were given a talk on the history of the manor by James Sellick the current owner with coffee and biscuits. We then had a lovely walk round the gardens followed by a superb lunch where we were honoured by the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex; this was followed by the cutting of the celebration cake to mark 100 years of the WI. After lunch we had more free time in the garden and a look round the gift shop a very enjoyable day and the weather was very kind to us. After all this excitement we did not meet in August but back to business in September. The minutes were read and approved, we then were given a talk and slides by Ian Everest on The Women’s Land Army which opened our eyes to what women went through in aid of the war effort, some of these women were a long way from home and not all had creature comforts. They worked in very harsh conditions but there was a lot camaraderie amongst them and some stayed friends for life. Ian’s Mother was a Land Army Girl so his knowledge was vast and also personal it was enjoyed by all our members. Coffee and biscuits followed with the raffle being drawn. The competition, A War Souvenir, was 1, Kathy Small; 2, Jean Akehurst; 3, Elsa McCaul. We met again on October 5 at The Luxfords Centre for our Harvest Supper.

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