70 Years of Shadforth WI

A Brief History of the First 70 Years!

Origins - 1947

Shadforth Women’s Institute was formed in April 1947, 32 years after the first WI was formed in Britain.  The first meeting was held in the Village School and attracted 35 members.  For a more suitable meeting hall, the WI lent its weight to the building of the Village Hall in 1954.  They organised Bring and Buy Sales, Whist Drives, Sales of Work, etc., raising over £100 for the roof.  Shadforth WI have met there ever since.

15th Birthday -1962

In March 1962 Durham County Advertiser reported on Shadforth WI’s 15th birthday as follows:

"Shadforth is a very small village with only 140 houses yet out of this small community has come a most vital women's institute ... The pleasure all the ladies derive from their institution is infectious and the family atmosphere of Shadforth WI is something that larger institutes have every right to envy".

50th Birthday - 1997

In 1997 Shadforth WI celebrated it's 50th birthday.  In addition to the party, a commemorative tree was planted at the entrance to Shadforth Park.

  SWI 60th Anniversary Clock

Award-Winning Shadforth WI Website - 2005

In November 2005,the first Shadforth WI website was launched (using the logo of the time below).  This was with thanks to the web host CommuniGate, who offered free website facilities to community groups, and some initial training, throughout the UK. 
In December 2005 Shadforth WI's website won joint second prize in the CommuniGate Best Community Website Competition in association with Barclays, chosen from among 54 nominate websites.  The overall winning website was Lanchester Community Centre.  Shadforth WI was awarded Highly Commended, along with Northern Pulse, being presented with a giant cheque (and a smaller, more bankable, one!) for £1000 in an Awards Ceremony at the Northern Echo's office in Darlington, by editor Peter Barron.
60th Birthday - 2007 
In 2007 Shadforth WI celebrated it's 60th birthday in style with a 3-course dinner, with entertainment with songs from the shows.  In addition a commemorative clock was donated to Shadforth Village Hall (complete with an engraved brass plate).  For details of other events during the 60th anniversary year click here.

New Shadforth WI Website - 2014
CommuniGate website hosting sadly closed in July 2014. This led to a move and re-vamp of the Shadforth WI website, including it's very own web address: www.shadforthwi.org.uk!
 WI Centenary - 2015   
Shadforth WI took part in many events to celebrate 100 years of the national WI in 2015, including planting a Centenary Rose in Shadforth, in the flowerbed near the Park and the 50th birthday tree.
        70 Years and Counting - 2017   
In 2017 Shadforth WI celebrate 70 years in Shadforth and remains a vibrant part of the community!

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