The Glasbury WI - an article
by Pat Darlison
Glasbury WI celebrated its 95th Birthday this year, 2013. We
always feel a little cheated as our banner proudly displays the
date 1916. Mrs Olive Clarke of Treble Hill called the first meeting
and her son-in-law Peter Cooper, also of Treble Hill, who died
recently, confirmed this. The NFWI was consulted about twenty
years ago and gave us the registration date of 1918. They consoled
us with the explanation that we may have submitted an application
but being wartime and with an office working irregularly, this
may have been mislaid or lost. Miss Blanche Butler, President
from 1923 to 1953 was adamant that 1916 was the correct date.
Mrs Clarke, it was noted, had been very upset when not elected
the first President. This honour, in keeping with the times of
social order, went to Hon. Mrs Devereux of Tregoyd House.
Glasbury is affiliated to the Brecknock Federation and at the
formation of this Federation in 1927, the Institute was meeting
at Aberllynfi House, the home of Blanche Butler . All organisations
in those days had a banner and on her retirement because it was
Coronation year, Blanche embroidered a new masterpiece for Glasbury.
Appropriately it shows a leaping salmon over the WI initials.
She also gave an inscribed rose bowl to be used at the monthly
meetings. Under her leadership the Institute had as many as 40
members and used to meet in the afternoon. They were very active
during the Second World War and certainly were making jam, which
is an image that many appear to believe is typical of present
day members. After 1963 the Institute, which had worked hard helping
to raise funds to build the Village Hall, began to hold their
monthly meetings in this new venue. Meetings were transferred
to evenings and up until the present day they are held on the
first Tuesday of the month.
We have had no President since 1999 and the Committee rotate
this duty on a monthly basis. It has stood the test of time but
requires a competent Secretary to succeed. Our membership has
gradually reduced, as the younger ladies seem to have little time
to spare and relax in female company and pursuits. We now have
one of the smallest memberships in the Federation. We keep going
with a happy band of ladies but find this extremely difficult.
Low membership means low fees so cost of Hall hire etc. has become
a problem. We do hope to make a century.
Article from “The Messenger” Dec
News from Glasbury Women’s Institute
It was a sad AGM as the unanimous decision was made that we would
have to cease functioning as a Women’s Institute. Our small
numbers do not make it a viable proposition and the high subscription
charges mean that it is difficult to attract new members and thus
generate more income.
We would like to thank the members who have been so faithful
and hard working, particularly Alison, Hilary, Jenny, Claudia
and Angela. Pat was the driving force, without her efforts we
would have folded some years ago and we are all most grateful
We are also grateful to Martin, our very patient auditor, who
has been so very professional over many years and to Graham who
provided us with a home when we were finding fees difficult to
We have many lovely memories of our various functions and speakers
and will miss the stimulation of such events.
A special dinner in December will hopefully give us another special
This last official
meeting was on December 3rd 2013