Brampton Bryan W.I.

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Brampton Bryan WI is celebrating its’ Centenary in style this year.  Our first celebration commenced in true style with a memorable educational visit to The Hall at Brampton Bryan by kind permission of Edward and Victoria Harley.  We are so lucky to have such an historic estate in our village.  The Hall is rarely available to visit, so we felt exceptionally lucky to be afforded access to it.  Everything had been specially arranged on the day of our tour, so that many interesting and historic artefacts were on display.   We were welcomed by the family and whilst enjoying coffee and home- made biscuits, were given a brief history of the property and the family and the opportunity to ask questions.  The amount and range of items on display is absolutely astounding, and we were given a running commentary whilst seeing many rooms of the home.  Having a member of the family that has inhabited this magnificent home was brought to life by their intimate knowledge and interesting anecdotes of the lives of their forebears.  Items ranged from an old photograph showing Herefordshire Federation holding a picnic in the grounds, taken some 80 years prior to our visit!  Fashions have changed immensely during that time, hats were worn by everyone, and long skirts or dresses were the order of the day.  The historical documents are real treasures and the paintings and artefacts tell an intriguing story of the life of the estate and its’ occupants.  We were even shown a scold’s mask, could this possibly be a hint to us chattering ladies who were to captivated by all that we saw, that we couldn’t stop talking about it all! 

This wonderful morning was rounded off by a superb lunch kindly hosted by Susan Harley in her home, all managing to sit cosily around one table, so that we could be together.  For once we were not on duty, so to speak, as we are well known for our catering skills.  We had organised caterers to provide us with a memorable meal, so that we could just sit back and enjoy ourselves while being served.  We are so used to catering for many events ourselves to raise funds to enable our WI to continue and afford speakers to come and visit, this made the lunch all the more special for us all.  What a perfect start to our celebrations!

Gathered together for a pre-lunch welcome and toast of Prosecco.

Here we all are gathered snugly around Susan's table, and being waited on for a change.

The merriment never stopped, nor did the chatting!  What a wonderful ending to such a splendid day.