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Centenary of Women's Institute being founded is commemorated

PUBLISHED: 11:06 14 March 2019

Stanhoe and Barwick WI president plants the maple tree watch by, from left, committee members Mary Hall, Pam Protheroe, Valerie Robson, Julia Walton, Sandra Carr and Shirley Shurvinton. Picture: Peter Bird

Stanhoe and Barwick WI president plants the maple tree watch by, from left, committee members Mary Hall, Pam Protheroe, Valerie Robson, Julia Walton, Sandra Carr and Shirley Shurvinton. Picture: Peter Bird

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The centenary of the founding of a Woman's Institute in north Norfolk has been commemorated with a special tree planting.

The Stanhoe and Barwick Women’s Institute was formed shortly after the end of World War One and a maple tree and plaque to explain its significance have been planted in Stanhoe’s playing field.

The type of tree was chosen because the maple leaf is Canada’s national emblem, the country in which the Women’s Institute was first founded in 1897, and a bench seat has also been placed in the playing field.

It is the fourth tree planted in the village over the years to mark various significant events in the lifetime of one of Norfolk’s oldest institutes and similar plaques have also been added to these trees.

The £950 cost of the tree and the bench was provided by a grant from the Jack’s Lane Wind Farm Community Fund.

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