The members of Upton Bishop WI celebrated their Centenary on Tuesday, May 14th by planting an oak tree, which is the national symbol of the WI, they then enjoyed a home-made birthday cake and fizz.

President, Jane Pendlebury, spoke of the enormous privilege entrusted to her and reminded members of all the ladies over the preceding years who had made such an amazing and profound evening possible. She said she wonders what will become of the oak tree and members in another 100 years.

Joining the celebrations were members from other WIs across the county, including Aston Ingham, Bishopswood, Eardisland, Gorsley, Linton, Llangrove, Llanwarne & District, Pembridge, and Sparkling Wye.

Upton Bishop WI’s annual scrapbooks were also laid out for everybody to look at and appreciate, with many past Ross Gazette articles featuring in them throughout the years.

Herefordshire Federation Chairman, Val Lewis, and WI Advisor, Cherril Watkins, and members of the office, also enjoyed the celebrations at Upton Bishop. The men pictured are the tree planters, Alastair Stevenson and Andy Parr.See this week’s paper for more stories like this, available in shops and as a Digital Edition now.