A 92-year-old says she loves the “togetherness and friendship” of being part of the Women’s Institute as she celebrates being part of the group for 65 years.

Mary Roe joined the WI in 1958 and continues to be involved in the group more than half a century since she first joined.

She celebrated her milestone anniversary with a visit from her chapter’s current president at her care home.

Mary said: Mary said: “Living in the country there was no way of meeting anyone outside of church on a Sunday.

“Joining the WI was the only way to meet likeminded and diverse people and I loved the friendship and togetherness it brought. That’s what you did as a country girl, joined the WI.”


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Mary joined the WI in 1958 and was involved for decades with fundraisers and events within the local community.

She continues to be involved in the group’s work in her care home Chichester Grange in Grovesnor Road, Chichester.

To celebrate the occasion she was visited by Suzanne Piner, Sidlesham Women’s Institute president, in her care home.

Caroline Thomas, of the Chichester Grange care home, said: “Mary’s dedication to the WI is remarkable, and she is always talking about the impact her membership has had on her life.”