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Sandringham Women's Institute branch book celebrates 100 years of history

By Eve Tawfick

A new book telling the story of 100 years of a Women’s Institute with royal connections will be launched in West Norfolk tomorrow.

The unveiling of Reflections of Sandringham WI 1919-2019 is part of a three-day flower festival and exhibition, which will open at 10am on Saturday.

Branch chairman Yvonne Browne said she was “very excited” about the launch of the book, which she has been working on for the past 18 months.

The book features all the minutes of the WI branch’s meetings over the last century, paired with fascinating historical photographs.

It also features a foreword by the Queen, who is the branch’s president.

Yvonne Brown, Sandringham and West Newton WI chairman, greets the Queen at West Newton Village Hall.. (10821075)
Yvonne Brown, Sandringham and West Newton WI chairman, greets the Queen at West Newton Village Hall.. (10821075)

Mrs Browne said: “I’ve loved being part of the institute over the years, it’s a real sense of friendship and community.

“We also campaign on tough topics such as ‘Don’t fear the smear’, which is very topical at the moment, and the depletion of the local bus services – again something that needs to be addressed around here.

“In WI, you can be part of something every day of the year of you like.”

The exhibition will be at the West Newton village hall, while the blooms will be on show at the nearby parish church.

The festival will continue throughout the bank holiday weekend.


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