The Hungerford Women's Institute (WI) was formed in April 1931. There was a brief spell of about a year in 1961 when, owing to the inability to find officers, its activities were temporarily suspended. All WImeetings were held in the Church House (now called Croft Hall).
The group made a set of large velvet curtains specially made for use at Church House before the stage was installed. These curtains were a source of income for the WI, being hired out to other groups using the hall.
The various fund-raising efforts of the WI meant that they could fund the installation of a sink unit at Church House hall, to the great benefit of all users.
To commemorate the "Golden Jubilee" they commissioned the local blacksmith A.J. Barrett to design and make a wrought iron lectern for use at the newly opened John of Gaunt School. The W.I. Members celebrated the Golden Jubilee by dining our en masse at the TRhree Swans Hotel on 10 January 1966. dinner was followed by a short entertainment.
A scrapbook was compiled by Malvena Holmes mostly covering events and life in Hungerford in 1965-66. [Now in the HHA Archives, in the Jack Wiliams collection].
Hungerford WI was a thriving organisation for 90 years - educating, entertaining, enabling many friendships to be made and being very much part of the life of Hungerford.
The WI continued to function during the year of the Coronavirus epidemic (2020-21) by the committee keeping monthly contact with members and circulating newsletters, quizzes and competitions. A pot of bulbs was delivered to members as a Christmas surprise. Zoom meetings started in January 2021 with a combination of speakers and chat sessions. The 90th Anniversary of the founding of the WI was celebrated with a delicious cream tea being delivered to members to be enjoyed at the same time on the same day with some members joining for a zoom session to enjoy their tea and to reminisce.
It is with great regret that Hungerford WI has now been suspended due to the main committee positions not being filled at the Annual meeting. Hopefully, at some time in the future it could be restarted. See "WI branch shuts after 90 years", NWN, 22 Apr 2021.