Women's Institute

WI May update

Following our usual business meeting when Members are kept informed about current W.I. affairs, including the resolution which is to be debated by W.I. delegates from all over the country in May in Cardiff, we had a fascinating talk by Denise Budd on the history of the teddy bear. Denise told us that the first teddies ever documented were by Steiff in Germany in 1847.

She took us through the different fashions for all varieties of teddies, showing us representatives from her large collection which she keeps at home in her “Teddy Bear Room”. Many of these bears are expensive and she asks her husband to turn a blind eye when she purchases them. Rupert Bear attended, as did Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and other bears and soft toys from television programmes. Members had been encouraged to bring their own teddy bears and Denise was able to answer many questions. There was much conversation over tea and biscuits before Members departed.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 4 May at 2.30pm. when we shall have our AGM followed by a tea party to celebrate the Ninetieth anniversary of the Milverton W.I. and the eightieth birthdays of three of our Members.