Stedham villagers set the mood for their centenary fete

The Stedham Ladies WI - ''Elizabeth Carmichael, Penny Caulfeild, Vanessa Blaber, Emma Blumlein, and Rachel Turner PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500447-3
The Stedham Ladies WI - ''Elizabeth Carmichael, Penny Caulfeild, Vanessa Blaber, Emma Blumlein, and Rachel Turner PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT ks1500447-3

STEDHAM villagers could be forgiven for thinking they had stepped back in time.

For marching through the village and posting fliers through their doors have been a group of ladies in Edwardian costume.

They were however all members of the village Women’s Institute and they had donned the costumes to promote their village fete which takes place on Saturday (September 19) to celebrate the centenary of the WI movement in this country.

Some of the oldest groups in the country were formed in the Midhurst area and Stedham WI which underwent a transformation several years ago is still going strong. Among the entertainment on offer in Stedham Memorial Hall and on the village green on Saturday, (September 19) between 2pm-4.30pm will be the smallest cinema in Sussex.

Martin West will be showing vintage films during the afternoon in a venue behind the hall.

WI members are also expecting more than 30 commercial stalls selling handicrafts on the Village Green.

The WI Cake Stall in the hall is sure to be a highlight and with plenty of games for the children members are expecting a busy afternoon.

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