THE FUTURE of the Women’s Institute branch in Newcastle Emlyn is under threat-in the year it celebrates its 90th birthday.
When discussions started about establishing the WI in town in 1927, over 90 women turned up to show their support. By today, there are only 13 members and there are fears that without the WI, the grade 11 listed building in Water Street, gifted to the WI ladies, will be lost forever.
“The late Gwilym Phillips gifted the old school to the WI but by now it’s beyond our means. Costs include electricity, insurance, water, not to mention the painting, damp sealants, drainpipe repairs, the need for a new kitchen and the fear of roof repairs. These works are far too overwhelming for a group of 12 to 14 individuals, many of whom are over 80 years old and two who are in their mid nineties,” said Ruth Jones, vice president of the WI in Newcastle Emlyn.
“We need more members and we need them before the end of 2017 or this wonderful building will automatically be possessed by the WI National Federation in London as part of our assets, as will any money we have scraped together for its up-keep."
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