Elsenham WI marks 100th anniversary of the founding of the Women's Institute
By Herts & Essex Observer Posted: September 27, 2015
Elsenham WI members enjoy the celebrations
Members of Elsenham WI celebrated the centenary of its Women's Institute with an evening of music, dancing – and cocktails.
The village's Memorial Hall was transformed into Elsie's Speakeasy for the night. More than 40 members and guests arrived in cocktail dresses and costumes to reflect fashions of the last 100 years.
A range of themed cocktails and mocktails were mixed and served in teacups and jam jars.
Emily Yarrow, an actress and opera singer from Stansted, was the one-woman cabaret act, entertaining the audience with a musical tour of decades past.
Emily, who has sung on soundtracks for films including Gnomeo And Juliet and The Da Vinci Code, led the group in a rendition of Jerusalem. She received the first of several standing ovations for her version of Time To Say Goodbye.
Most members were soon tapping their feet to the music and several were dancing – a good lead into the surprise dance sequence performed by the committee to round off the evening.
Moyra Jackson, president of Elsenham WI, said: "The WI is all about inspiring women and I'm delighted that so many members, old and new, were inspired to mark the centenary with an evening of fun, laughter and entertainment.
"The WI is what you make of it. We have a diverse range of activities planned and hope that lots more women will come along and join in. Here's to the next 100 years."
It was in September 1915 that a group of women met in Anglesey, North Wales, to form what would become the Women's Institute. WIs all over the country are celebrating this centenary in their own way.
Elsenham WI, which was established in 1921, meets on the third Thursday each month in the Memorial Hall off Leigh Drive.