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Tree planting ceremony to mark WI centenary


A TIME capsule was buried and a tree planted at Croft in a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Cheshire WI Federation.

The event was organised by Croft WI – a year late because it had to be delayed because of pandemic restrictions and other unforeseen circumstances.
Among those present were Jean Harding chairman of Cheshire WI Federation, Croft Parish Council chairman Cllr Keith Bland, Anne Lamming, President of Croft WI and Selina Prescott WI Advisor, along with Roger Lamming the man responsible for all the actual digging involved and for nurturing the tree over many months prior to the actual planting.

The tree planting challenge to all Cheshire Federation WI’s was set by chairman Jean Harding as an environmentally friendly way to celebrate the work and membership of the WI. A Crab Apple tree, being one of the most ecologically friendly varieties for both wild life and the environment, was chosen by Croft WI and crab apples were already in evidence on its branches.
The burying of a time capsule, a number of WI documents, magazines, next to the Centenary Tree, was the idea of Croft WI and placed in the capsule were:a number of WI documents, magazines, a list of members a recipe book and a lockdown newsletter.
Refreshments were served in the Memorial Hall after the ceremony, where exhibits from the Produce Show, held earlier in the day, were on show


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