1960-69 Records of WI members' monthly meetings

Myfanwy LLoyd from WI record books


June– Members agreed that it was undesirable that Cambridgeshire should be severed from the City and expressed their willingness to attend a protest meeting in the Guildhall on June 30th.


July  – Mrs Armstrong had drafted a letter which was read to the meeting about the accident rate in the village.  It was decided that copies should be sent to the Ministry of Transport, Road Safety Committee, the Cambridgeshire County Council and The Parish Council.


October  –  newspaper cutting of Harvest supper 


May  – Care of the memorial green was undertaken for the month of May, June and July by Messers Austins, Bocken, Cook and Miss Wright.

July  – Mrs Armstrong asked for helpers on 14th July, when the old people from Chesterton Hospital are making their annual visit to Harston for the Garden Party.  The over sixty club has also been invited.

October  – Again the Harvest Supper was a great success.  Over 100, including members and guests sat down at gaily decorated tables to an excellent cold meal.


February  – Members were asked to agree that £5 should be spent on refreshments for birthday night, also whether they would like a speaker or a social evening.

Mrs Humphrey came and spoke about Family Planning International, an organisation which worked in 36 countries.

April  – We were all pleased to hear that Miss Wright is to represent the WI at the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 31st May.

Mrs Stearn volunteered to take the eggs collected for Chesterton Hospital to the hospital and the silver paper will be taken to the W.V.S. by Mrs Wilson.

June  – Mrs Stearn then spoke of her recent visit to the AGM at the Albert Hall as our own delegate – the opening of the second days meeting made a great impression on her, in particular the beautiful array of hats!  The theme of this year’s AGM was the Future of the Countryside and the motto Human, Courage and Integrity.

Our speaker for the evening, Miss Wright then gave a very light hearted talk about her exciting trip to Buckingham Palace as our chosen member to attend the Royal Garden Party.  Miss Wright dressed in her lovely outfit said that she had thoroughly enjoyed herself and afterwards felt it was just like a wonderful dream!

November  – Mrs Wilson told members that Mrs Sellen was willing to compile a scrapbook for Harston.

December  – The raffle raised 30/- which was passed on to Mrs Stearn who is once again providing small gifts for the patients in Harston Ward of Chesterton Hospital.


February  – £5 was the sum decided upon to forward to Mrs Shook, VSO secretary towards sending a volunteer to an underprivileged country.

March  – 47th Birthday newspaper article

May  – Drug Addiction meeting at Great Shelford on 13th May to which several members are going.  A letter from Matron of Chesterton Hospital thanking us for eggs was read.

The speaker for this meeting was Mrs Middleton of the Health Department, Shire Hall who gave a most interesting talk on the Cervical Smear Test and I am sure many of us were enlightened on this subject.

June  – Mrs Rowell gave details of the 5 dozen cups and saucers which the institute have agreed to buy to be used at the monthly meetings.

July– Newspaper cuttings

October 1966 – Newspaper cutting


February– Institute donated £5 to the Village Hall fund, part of the proceeds from a public performance of Harston Follies in December.

June  – Mrs Rowell appealed to members for cakes for the stall which we are holding at the fete on June 24th in the grounds of Park House to raise money for the Village Hall.

November –  Joining forces with Young Wives to sing carols at Chesterton Hospital has been fixed for 20th December.  Our usual small gifts for Harston Ward would be taken and a small collection was made at the end of the meeting.


September  – Attention of members was draw to the Handcraft Exhibition at the Guildhall on the 5th and 6th September where several items from our Institute would be on show.

December– Harston WI Produce Guild members help mix Xmas puddings for WRVS Meal on Wheels service at Cherry Trees Club for Old People, St Mathew’s Road, Cambridge.


November  – Mrs Attwood displayed the Produce Guild Shield which four Produce Guild Members had won.

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