September 16th sees the 100 year anniversary of the forming of the first Women’s Institute in Britain at Llanfair PG, on Anglesey, North Wales.
It was formed during the First World War to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation.
The first WI in Britain was formed under the auspices of the Agricultural Organisation Society (AOS). AOS Secretary, John Nugent Harris, appointed Canadian Madge Watt to set up WIs across the UK.
There were plenty formed across Essex during the Great War but the first WI in England was Singleton WI in Sussex.