To mark the Women's Institute Centenary, 250 members of the Devon Federation of WI visited Salisbury Cathedral, where the Dean of Salisbury, The Very Revd June Osborne, blessed their centenary cake and joined them in singing a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
In her speech the Dean paid tribute to the work that the WI has done on behalf of women, fighting for their rights and working to empower and support women within society, seeking to build a fairer society.
Salisbury's WI visitors spent the day at the Cathedral’s Magna Flora Flower Festival designed by Michael Bowyer, Angela Turner and Pam Lewis before gathering in the Cloisters for the ceremony. Musician Trevor Jarvis, Honorary Assistant Librarian at the Royal School of Church Music in Salisbury, conducted the gathering! He is well known to the Devon WI having conducted their choir before at a Carol Service in Exeter Cathedral.
Heather Penwarden from the Devon Federation of WI’s and coordinator of this event said: “We wanted something really special for this visit because it fell on our actual 100th birthday…The Magna Carta forms the foundation of our modern liberties and human rights without which the WI could not campaign in the way it does, so a visit to Salisbury Cathedral to see the Magna Flora and the Charter seemed a very appropriate way to celebrate our own centenary”.
MAGNA FLORA DETAILS:
Magna Flora runs until 20 September.
Opening hours are:
Thursday opens 10.00 with a late night 18.30-21.30 session, last admission will be 19.30
Friday to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, last entry 4pm
Sunday 12.30 - 16.00, last entry 3pm
Tickets on the door or via website: £11 adults - £5 children - £25 Families (2+3) & groups (over 10) £9