50th Anniversary Bench Presentation

On Friday 24th November members of Creekside WI presented a wooden bench to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway to mark the final event of our anniversary year.

Members of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway watch as the High Sherriff cuts the ribbon to offically mark the event watched by Dorothy Maskell who was completing her final event as President of Creekside WI.

The High Sherrif of the Isle of Wight,  Ben Rouse, kindly attended and cut the ribbon to mark the event. The bench is situated in the Picnic Area at Wootton Station which overlooks the station.

After the presentation members accompanied by the High Sherriff and officials of the Steam Railway retired to the church hall for light refreshments.

On a lovely autumn morning, members of Creekside WI met the High Sheriff and volunteers from the Steam Railway at Wootton station to present a bench to mark Wootton WI’s Fiftieth Anniversary.

In her address, the Creekside WI President, Mrs Dorothy Maskell MBE welcomed the Island ‘s High Sheriff Ben Rouse, representatives from the Steam Railway Jim Lowe, Liz Tagart and Peter Vale and WI members to this, the last event of this celebratory 50th year. She expressed her gratitude to the Steam Railway staff for sharing the event and agreeing that the bench should be put on the site so that visitors could sit and enjoy watching trains arrive and leave the station.
Mr Rouse expressed his appreciation of the variety of activities available to members of Creekside WI and stated that the bench would be a permanent reminder of Fifty active years. He said that it would be shared by the local community and visitors. He paid a special tribute to Mrs Maskell for being such a driving force in Creekside WI through this memorable 50th year. Mrs Maskell then invited the Sheriff to cut the ribbon.
Canapes were enjoyed in the Methodist Church hall, the regular meeting place for Creekside WI.

C Downie