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Crowd enjoys Victorian Tea celebrating 110th anniversary of Bervie Women's Institute

June 23, 2017

About 50 women gathered in the Bervie Women's Institute Hall to enjoy the Victorian Tea, held Tuesday afternoon, June 13, in honour of the Bervie W.I.'s 110th anniversary.

Mildred Griffith and Vi Thompson had the honour of cutting the cake, and everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments and delightful fellowship.

Represented at the event, were members of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Kincardine, the Malcolm W.I. Kinloss-Kairshea W.I., Gillis Hill W.I., Purple Grove W.I., and Reid's Corners W.I.

Michelle Phillips, president of the Grey-Bruce region of Women's Institutes, congratulated the Bervie ladies on providing such a wonderful tea to celebrate their 110th anniversary.

The Bervie W.I. was founded in 1907, perhaps assisted by the Kincardine branch which was founded in 1902.

Continuously active ever since, the Bervie W.I. has been involved in many projects over the years, including milk purity and pasteurization, abattoir cleanliness, and general home education, as well as sewing workshops, quilt mending and patching, and proper diet.

The group supports water projects worldwide, Canada Comforts (teddy bears), Grandmothers in Africa, and sending craft supplies to Haiti.

The Bervie W.I.'s crowning achievement, as with all W.I.s, is the Tweedsmuir Histories which chronicle the farms of the W.I. area. This history is invaluable for research and local legacy which is often dismissed and lost.

In 1960, the Bervie W.I. purchased the former Loyal Orange Lodge in Bervie, and moved it across the road, where it now sits, and set about renovating and restoring it. The restoration is not quite pure in that the original was clad in a combination of clapboard and board and batten, and the windows have been replaced and are not in proportion. However, the little structure was saved and put to a very good use.

Every woman is more than welcome to join the Bervie W.I. which meets on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, check the website at

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