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Sturmer WI is flying high in its golden year

Sturmer WI member, Irene Patterson, with her instructor (2467180)
Sturmer WI member, Irene Patterson, with her instructor (2467180)

The Sturmer & District WI buckled up and went aerial as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Seventeen people from the group were assisted in their 'Golden Gliding' adventure at Ridgewell Airfield last Wednesday by the Essex Gliding Club, which has beenthere since the mid-1990s.

Sylvia Allworthy, the group's programme secretary, and the brains behind the idea, said: "It was total bliss, the whole day. It was absolutely lovely, perfect conditions."

The group was formed in November 1968 under its present guise - as part of the Suffolk West Federation - and currently has 21 members.

It meets on the second Monday of each month in Sturmer Village Hall at 7.30pm and has a varied programme of speakers and demonstrations. They do however,still sing Jerusalem at the start of each meeting.

Two of the group, Sheila Sisson and Kath Bartle, are founder members.

Linda Bevan,a fellow group member, said: "They founded it just as a night out away from the husbands and the children with the women in the village.

"All the ladies now, they drive and have a car and can do whatever they like as an activity, so I think we are doing quite well because there are all the other things that women can do that is different to 50 years ago when they didn't have the transport and all that was available was the village group.

"It's still nice to get to know different people in the village.

"We mix it up and try to have something that appeals to everyone and we always ask what people want so we get different suggestions each year about what they want."