The Wickford WI celebrated its 100th anniversary in June 2017 in Christ Church Hall in Wickford with a special lunch and talk and the reading out of a congratulatory letter from the Queen.
History of the WI was remembered by mentioning that members during the 2nd World War pitched in to provide preserves on top of people’s rations. The WI invested in a fruit bottling machine and was the first to buy and use Kilner jars. Several members had large gardens with a plentiful supply of fresh fruit and vegetables, which they sold from a stall in Wickford market.
They also subscribed to the Buy-a-Brick scheme, which raised money to build the Wickford Community Centre, Once built they were one of the first groups to hire a room.