The 1950s and Keep Britain Tidy
The Federation celebrated its 30th birthday with a special Council Meeting held in High Wycombe Town Hall. A revue, “Thirty – not out”, was specially written and performed by members drawn from all parts of the county. Lady Burnham cut the birthday cake, and the meeting ended with a grand parade of banners.
WIs were formed at Steeple Claydon and Westcott.
Federation Chairman – Miss C Gamlen
Federation President - Mrs. Slade
Miss Mitchell, Chairman of the Handicrafts Committee, presented Her Majesty the Queen, who was then Princess Elizabeth, with a luncheon cloth, representing four years’ work by members from all over the county.
The Produce Guild continued to flourish and a great deal of canning was successfully organised, while music and drama festivals were as popular as ever.
The County Handicraft Exhibition was held in December, with 1,005 entries from 100 WIs. Freda, Countess of Listowel, performed the opening ceremony and in the afternoon the exhibition was visited by HRH The Duchess of Kent.
No new WIs were formed this year.
The first Buckinghamshire Room at Denman College was furnished from Federation
funds. Several members also contributed items of handicraft.
This year saw the completion of the NFWI embroidered wallhanging commemorating the work of women during the Second World War. Seven members from Buckinghamshire, lead by Mrs. Kathleen Hawes of Wheeler End WI, were some of the 400 WI members nationwide who worked on the embroidery. In the framework were three medallions showing such war work as nursing, radar, forestry, rest centres and evacuation. Three larger panels represented work on the land, in industry and in the Services. The central banner proclaimed "It was a war won not by the genius of the few but the faithfulness of the many".