Ulverston Women’s Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Market Success

Members of the Ulverston Women’s Institute celebrated 25 years of successful market trading in the town in May 1995.

Ulverston WI’s weekly market, founded in May 1970, reached its Silver Jubilee with a celebration at Coronation Hall.

The members toasted their birthday with a glass of sherry and a slice of birthday cake.

There, to cut the cake, was the county’s former volunteer market organizer, Eileen Taylor, who is credited with setting up the market.

President Peggy Lawrence, the WI Market’s first Treasurer, praised Ms Taylor’s work: “She did all the earthwork and got the market off the ground.”

First President Joyce Harrison and First Secretary Janet Fletcher also attended the celebrations.

Ms. Taylor said: “The success of the WI market has been absolutely splendid and beyond our imagination.”

An exhibit included photographs from the market’s official opening 25 years earlier.

The Silecroft Village Hall was filled with a well-displayed range of crafts and products during the annual exhibition held by the Women’s Institute in 1997.

The Village Show had been organized by the WI for over 40 years and was always held on the fourth Wednesday in August.

Items ranged from vegetables and produce to photographs and impressive crafts.

The Silecroft Show judges were Peggy Stubbs, Bootle, for Baking and Canning; Eddie Hadwin, from Waberthwaite, for the fruit and vegetable class; Mrs. Hadwin, of Waberthwaite, for the Flower Section; Mary Ball for crafts and Gillian George, of Bootle, for children’s classes.

The winners were, Pastry: B Taylor; Product: B Taylor; fruits and vegetables: J Watson; flowers: J Watson; crafts and knitting: J Cummings; Needlework: M Jenkinson; children’s classes: Josephine Pattinson and Daniele Sim; cup for most points in classes 53-66A: J Cummings.

Meanwhile, in 1990, members of the Westmorland WI Markets Group held their annual meeting at St Mary’s Social Center in Ulverston, as guests of Ulverston WI. Among those present was WI National Federation Markets Advisor Peggy Lawrence.

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