First in-person meeting in 17 months after Covid restrictions lifted

Members of Elsenham WI standing in Karen Pitchers Garden for their Posh Frocks and Hats garden party, Elsenham, Essex

Elsenham WI's Posh Frocks and Hats garden party in Karen Pitcher's garden which has been held in Elsenham WI’s centenary year - Credit: Elsenham WI

Elsenham WI members have met up in person for the first time since February last year, at a Posh Frocks and Hats garden party, held during their centenary year.

About 50 WI members and guests gathered in Karen Pitcher's garden.

As 2021 is Elsenham WI’s centenary year, the theme was posh frocks throughout the decades.

The event was organised and run by the Elsenham WI committee, with members contributing food and drink.

Elsenham WI's centenary bunting on a table with flowers, Elsenham, Essex

Gill Hathaway made Elsenham WI's centenary bunting for their Posh Frocks and Hats garden party - Credit: Elsenham WI

Centenary bunting was made by Elsenham WI Secretary Gill Hathaway, the best songs from the last 100 years were played and Vice President Gloria Eatson organised an extra special raffle.

The forecast was for heavy showers but luckily, only a few drops of rain fell.

Although guests are always welcome, men on this occasion came along in greater numbers.

A group of men at Elsenham WI's garden party in Elsenham, Essex

Male guests at Elsenham WI's Posh Frocks and Hats garden party, in their centenary year - Credit: Elsenham WI

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Moyra Jackson, President of Elsenham WI, said: "We’ve worked hard to maintain our community via virtual meetings, phone calls and doorstep deliveries over the last 16 months or so.

"However, there is no substitute for meeting in person and I am delighted that we were finally able to get together for the first of many centenary celebrations."

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