Women’s Institutes across the UK are preparing to celebrate the organisation’s centenary next year, but the birthday party has already started at Surfleet Ladybirds Club.
About 35 women got together in Surfleet last Tuesday to mark the club’s 40th anniversary with a garden party to which past and present members were invited.
The club meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Fraiser Room, next to St Laurence’s Church, Gosberton Road, Surfleet.
Frances Richardson, a long-standing club member, said: “In the early 1970s, some young women in Surfleet decided to get together and form a club for women under the age of 40.
“It was called Surfleet Ladybirds Club and the idea was that it would be an independent women’s group, with a rule that members had to leave when they turned 40.
“That rule has since been relaxed and you can be any age to join our meetings where we have speakers, outings, meals and walks, now and again.”
The club has members from Donington, Gosberton, Pinchbeck and Spalding, as well as Surfleet, and its next meeting includes a talk by Tom Lane on Lincolnshire Customs and Folklore at the Fraiser Room on August 12 at 7.30pm.
New members are welcome at the club and for more details, call Heather Girdlestone on 01775 821130.