LODERS WI ARCHIVES
Although there is evidence that Loders had a WI as early as 1917, (there is a WI Banner with this date at the Village Hall), the earliest document we have of Loders WI is the Accounts book dated 1929. Sadly, the Minutes of those Meetings for that year and the years following were not kept until June 1939, just before the outbreak of World War II. The Minutes of the Monthly Meetings and the Committee Meetings provide an insight into the lives and interests of local women and how these have changed over the years.
Bernard Paull, who has written a book "Loders Back-Along" mentions that from local newspaper reports, Loders WI was active from 1919 to 1940 and post war. We are thankful to him for kindly allowing us to include the extract from his book on our website . Click here to see.
This is an ongoing project and we will add more documents as and when they are available.
For more information on the history of Loders, click here:
Monthly Members Meetings
Although records show that there was a Loders WI in 1928, we only have Minutes from 1939 at the beginning of World War 2 until 1940 when it was decided to suspend the meetings due to many members "occupied with work of National Importance". It was not until 1947, on the 10th June, that it was agreed to reform the Loders WI with a new Committee and we celebrated our 75th Anniversary in 2022.
Loders WI in 1963 by Members
In 1963 Mrs Muriel Radley and members of Loders WI made and illustrated a book on the activities of Loders WI during that year. 24 Members took their part in writing the story and these contributions were edited and illustrated by Mrs Radley. Its a wonderful piece of work by the members and I'm sure you will enjoy the artwork. Mrs Radley was a member of Loders WI from 1962 until 1966, and from 1963-1965 was WI Secretary.