1930s - Women's Institute
This was formed in Spratton in 1923 under the chairmanship of Lady Erskine of Spratton Hall. Initial meetings were held in the Primary School, but they decided that they needed a hall of their own. Alfred Gilby helped Lady Erskine, Lady Manningham-Buller (from Broomhill) and Miss Mildred Bevan (from Spratton House) to purchase The White House in School Road with some adjoining land. The White House was sold, and the piece of land was handed in Trust to the W.I. with the three ladies being the first Trustees. Money was raised for the Hall via dances, concerts and whist drives as well as interest free loans from several of the ladies. The opening ceremony was held in August 1928. In 1949 Mrs Alfred Gilby hosted the W.I.'s 21st birthday celebrations.
Back Bertha Manning, Irene Lee, Marjorie Brown, Edith Tarrant, Louise Buckby, Isobel Wykes
Middle Elizabeth Wykes, Mary Morgan, Annie Wadhams, Emma Tarrant, Emily Tucker
Front Mary Ann Margaret Higgs, Daisy Copson, Mrs Pearson (George Cooper's housekeeper), Betty Martin.
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