Bodiam Women's Institute

    In 1965, the Women's Institute celebrated it's Golden Jubilee.  All Women's Institutes in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man were asked to record the way of life in their community.  These scrapbooks were then judged by the county organisations and the best ones were submitted to the Federation of Women's Institutes for judging.  The Daily Telegraph press cutting from 12 April 1966 gives further details.

    The Bodiam Women's Institute Scrapbook was masterminded by Muriel Barber and is currently held by Dora Churcher.  She kindly lent it to me to copy and make available on this website.

    I have done some searches on the internet to see if I could find other village scrapbooks and I only managed to find one or two.  It would seem that most of them are have been lodged with the County archives which is an excellent place for them to be kept for prosperity.  However, it does mean that many people cannot easily view the scrapbooks and, given that in 2015 the Women's Institute movement will be celebrating it's Centenary, it would be nice to see more of them made available on the internet.

    Below are links to the Bodiam Scrapbook.  Please click on the description to take you to the relevant page/s.

Bodiam WI Scrapbook
Scrapbook Front CoverDaily Telegraph 12 April 1966Daily Telegraph 15 April 1966
Battle Observer 25 November 2011Pages 1 to 3Pages 4 to 6
Pages 7 to 9Bodiam Manor School ProspectusPages 10 to 15
Pages 16 to 18Pages 19 to 21Pages 22 to 24
Pages 25 to 27Pages 28 to 30Pages 31 to 33
Pages 34 to 36Pages 37 to 39Pages 40 to 42
Pages 43 to 45Pages 46 to 48Pages 49 to 51
Pages 52 to 54Pages 55 to 57Pages 58 to 60
Pages 61 to 63Pages 64 to 66Pages 67 to 69
Pages 70 to 72Pages 73 to 75Pages 76 to 78
Pages 79 to 81Justins HotelMap of the Parish of Bodiam
Salehurst, Bodiam and Robertsbridge News
July 1965September 1965December 1965