Floral creations mark great lives

Inspirational women are being celebrated in a flower festival held in the Great Hall of the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick on Saturday (Dec 7).

It’s 95 years since the Warwickshire Federation of Women’s Institutes was formed.

The movement originally began in Canada but today there are 111 groups across Warwickshire alone.

And according to Napton member Hilary Neal, that’s as good a length of time as any to illustrate the lives of some 14 women and girls who have led remarkable lives.

Quite how these lives are depicted in flowers can only be guessed at but those being honoured range from Anne Frank To Her Majesty the Queen.

Then there’s Burmese opposition spokeswoman Aung San Suu Kyi, Emmeline Pankhurst and the WI’s British founder Lady Denman, who is being celebrated in an arrangement created by Warwick mother and daughter Rowena and Emily Billings.

Hilary, who chairs the institute’s home and leisure committee and originally dreamed up the project, said: “We have also borrowed some memorabilia about the Land Girls from St John’s House Museum because Lady Denman was the first director of the Land Army.

“There have been many activities this year to celebrate our county anniversary and we are grateful to the Lord Leycester Hospital for allowing us to use their beautiful building for this finale.”

Admission costs £3 for adults and is free for children with refreshments available to buy throughout the day.