The Bures WI was formed
in July 1921, under the guidance of Mrs. Margaret Hitchcock.
During the inaugural year, 40 members enrolled.
By 1939, the membership
had increased to 84 with Mrs Hitchcock as the Vice-president
Mrs Hitchcock by then, had become chairman of the National Federation
of Women's Institutes Organisation subcommittee.
She also served on the Executive Committee of the West Suffolk County
Furthermore, she was also the editor of the County Supplement of the
national Womens Institute monthly magazine, Home & Country.
The meetings, were held
monthly in the Victory Hall.
At the onset of WW2:-,
President:- Mrs. Twitchett
Vice Presidents:- Mrs Hitchcock and Mrs Savoury
Secretary:- Mrs Snow
Committee Members:- Mrs. Walsh,
Mrs Stebbing, Mrs. Spurgin, Mrs. H. Clampin, Miss I. Webber, Mrs. Downing
and Mrs. G. Graves.
After the War, the WI held
their meetings in the Free Church
along the Croft.
Without any substantiating evidence, it seems Mrs Hitchcock rented the
property until the expense became to high and the WI moved to the Village
Hall around 1960
Rene Brown joined the WI in 1969 ( 48 years ago) when her mother was
still a member.
Rene distinctly recalls meeting at the Free Church.
Current Venue 2017:
Bures Community Centre, Nayland Road, Bures
Meets third Thursday in the month at 7.30pm
If you can assist with any further historical information on the WI,
please us the Contact facility
Ref:- My thanks to Jean Baxter and to
Rene Brown for supplying information