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There are a number of early photographs in the People page connected to the Church Fete, these fetes may well have been organised by Women's Institute members. A history of the Harvington Womens Institute needs to be written.

WI - SCRAPBOOK 1965           WI - SCRAPBOOK 1990-92

A WI event arranged in the recently-built Village Hall. Previously, judging by the number of old photographs, these kind of events took place in the grounds of the Rectory. Donated by Mark Baylis.

Record of an event that took place on Victory Day 8th June 1946. Donated by Mark Baylis.

Photograph of an early WI gathering stored in the scrapbook suitcase.

Photograph of a theatrical group stored in the scrapbook suitcase.
There is a copy of this on one of the Harvington Facebook pages by Tom Cook with extra detail:
"The Princess & the Woodcutter" Harvington February 1931. Contributions to the photo suggest:-

Back standing: Betty Cook, ?, ---- Ludlow, ?, ?

Front sitting: ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

Photograph of an early WI gathering stored in the scrapbook suitcase.

A marvellous photograph of a Women's Institute gathering in the Village Hall. Taken sometime in the 1950's. Donated by the Rawlings Family.

  1. Mrs Bywater - lived in Ferndale, Leys Road.
  2. Mrs Lucy Baylis.
  3. Ethel, wife of Frank Harris, Horseshoe Cottage.
  4. Mrs Brotherage, Lawrence's mother.
  5. Mrs George, Station Bank.
  6. Phyllis, Rev Ernest H Downey's wife.
  7. Doris, Reg Coley's wife.
  8. Hilary Tyack, lived at The Orchard, Village Street.
  9. Mrs Simmons, Fred's mum.
  10. Iris White, married a Bundy, Leys Road.
  11. Violet, wife of Frank Cresswell, lived in Blakenhurst.
  12. Mrs Lizzie Hughes, Joe's mum, lived in Village Street.
  13. Mrs Meredith, of Leys Road.
  14. Daisy Harris, of Salford Priors.
  15. May Holder.
  16. Edith Harris, wife of Vic Harris, mother of Graham.
  17. Mrs Ivy Cowley, lived in 47 Village Street, died in Brompton House, Broadway.
  18. Marianne Taylor, lived in Firbank.
  19. Mrs Ludlow, lived up Grange Lane.
  20. Miss Dipper, she was a housekeeper to Edgar Cresswell and lived on the Evesham Road.
  21. Joan Cresswell, sister of Ken (Bangit)
  22. Elsie Stephens, lived in 1 Leys Road, her son was a policeman in Warwick.
  23. Mrs Mason, Pam Walden's grandmother.
  24. Mrs Walker, of Leys Road.
  25. Pip Stone, of Dalkeith.
  26. Mrs Flora Brewer, of Leys Road.
  27. Miss Lillian Morrow, She looked after Freddie Bomford in his old age at the Grange. She was the niece of his wife Annette.
  28. Gertrude Guckel, an Austrian girl who married in 1948 Rex W J Ashley.
  29. Bessie Shailer.
  30. Mrs Cadwallader, Gran Gladys.
  31. Bessie Shailer, mother of Connie Rawlings.
  32. Mrs Taylor.
  33. Christie Beasley, she married Ray Cresswell and lived in Station Road.
  34. Winnie, wife of Dan Haywood, lived on Cress Hill. Winifred Elsmore married Daniel Haywood in 1937.

An interesting letter held by the Almonry concerning Mrs Bywater, a past president of Harvington WI, to Mrs Austen Clark, 8 Orchard Place, Harvington, dated 12th June 1984.

Ladies from the Harvington WI taken in the early 1960's. Placed on Facebook by Carole Bradshaw.

  1. Doris Coley
  2. ?
  3. Barbara Wood
  4. ?
  5. Winn Haywood
  6. Jean Bailey
  7. Barbara Bailey
  8. Margaret Duncan
  9. Lou Bailis