Centre shows support for WI milestone

Heighley Gate Horticulture Manager Nigel Lawton (front left) and Garden Centre Assistant Stephen Hopkins (front right).'(Back Row from left to right)  Elizabeth Thompson, from Heddon on the Wall WI,  Federation Chairman Hilary Robson, Heighley Gate General Manager Adrian Drake, and  Vicki Ruth-Rees from Morpeth Town WI.
Heighley Gate Horticulture Manager Nigel Lawton (front left) and Garden Centre Assistant Stephen Hopkins (front right).'(Back Row from left to right) Elizabeth Thompson, from Heddon on the Wall WI, Federation Chairman Hilary Robson, Heighley Gate General Manager Adrian Drake, and Vicki Ruth-Rees from Morpeth Town WI.

A garden centre has helped the Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes with landmark anniversary celebrations in a tree planting ceremony.

Heighley Gate, a Wyevale Garden Centre near Morpeth, assisted at the ceremony at the Federation’s headquarters in Seaton Burn on Thursday to mark the Women’s Institute centenary.

General Manager Adrian Drake said: “We have a great relationship with the Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes and have worked in partnership with the WI for a number of years, and look forward to continuing to do so.

“Three trees were planted to mark the occasion, one by Vicki Ruth-Rees from Morpeth Town Women’s Institute, the Federation’s newest group, one by Elizabeth Thompson from Heddon on the Wall, the Federation’s oldest group, and by Federation Chairman Hilary Robson.”

The ladies planted the trees, donated by Heighley Gate, alongside Mr Drake, Horticulture Manager Nigel Lawton and Garden Centre Assistant Stephen Hopkins.

The planting ceremony is only a small part of the celebrations organised for the anniversary.

On September 17 the WI will be hosting a lunch where members will be entertained by Dulcie Lewis.

Mrs Robson said: “This is a really exciting time for the Federation and we are delighted Heighley Gate, a Wyevale Garden Centre helped contribute to our birthday celebrations. We would like to say a big thank you to the staff at the garden centre for their help and generosity.”