BADGERS MOUNT Sevenoaks, Kent

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Formed 1953

The Badgers Mount WI West Kent WIBadgers Mount WI
Polhill District
West Kent Federation

Contact telephone numbers:
Daphne Thomas (Press Rep.) 01959 534353
Lesley Salmon (Correspondence Secretary) 01959 532276

Vice Presidents:

Elizabeth Drysdale
Pat Cash
Daphne Thomas
Carol Powell


Members discussed arrangements for our Italian afternoon in April and the Fashion Show to be held at Polhill Garden Centre by Edinburgh Woollen Mills on 29th March.
Paul Beard, this month's speaker, is a Foster Parent and Fund Raiser for "Barnardo's". His talk covered the history of this Children's Charity up until the present day. The Charity is now 150 years old. In 1866, at the age of 21, Thomas Barnardo came to London, intending to go on to become a missionary in China, but seeing the ragged, starving children living on the streets of East London he knew his mission was to help here. Lord Shaftesbury became a friend, and the "Ragged School" was founded in Stepney in 1867. A Barnardo's Home followed a little later with the pledge "No Boys Refused".
The Charity grew to help destitute boys and girls have a better life and, by 1905 there were 96 Children's Homes and Barnardo's had helped 8,500 children. Many thousands of young people have been given care since 1905, but nowadays fostering, respite care and adoption have become the way forward and there are no longer Barnardo's Homes.
Paul also spoke about his family and fostering and answered many questions.
An interesting and informative afternoon.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, 12th April in the Memorial Hall at 2pm. The talk is entitled "Old London Markets". Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Contact: President Liz Drysdale 01689 853865 / Press Rep. Daphne Thomas 01959 534353 or visit our website

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Meetings, mostly with a guest speaker are held in the Badgers Mount Memorial Hall at 2pm on the second Wednesday of each Month (not December).
Produce stall, teas and raffle at each meeting.
New members and guests are always welcome to join us.


APRIL 12th
MAY 10th
JUNE 14th
JULY 12th

Associated Country Women Worldwide - Tish Collins.
"My Magic Life" - Jack Devlin.
"Barnardo's" - Paul Beard.
"Old London's Markets" - Lesley Broster.
Annual meeting and resolutions.
Garden Outing - to be arranged.
"Waste Not, Want Not" Food demonstration and testing - Julia Davies.
"Darling Buds of May Countryside" - Sue Duckworth.
"A Gallop Through The History Of Carriage Driving" - Antonia Gallop.
"Eukelele Demonstration" - Rob Thompsett.
"Life And Times Of Edith Cavell " - Melanie Gibson-Barton.
Christmas Celebration.


National Federation of Women's Institutes'  -
The Badgers Mount WI (this site!)  -


Badgers Mount WI founder membersBADGERS MOUNT WI HISTORY

This photo includes the original founder members which was taken in 1978 at the Silver Anniversary of the Institute. They are Eva Edwardes, Gladys Plumb and Dorothea Elwes. The lady far right is Rita Inwood who was the president then and was re-elected for the Golden Anniversary year (2003).

WI Banner 

The Badgers Mount WI banner designed and made by the president at the time (1975) Pat West.

The banner hangs at every meeting and was the centre of the 50th celebration decorations.

50 years of Badgers Mount WI

Formed in November 1953 by Dorothea Elwes, Gladys Plumb and Eva Edwardes with an average of 26 members attending during the first year. (Sadly none of our founder members are alive to celebrate our Golden Anniversary).

1957 Letters were written to London Transport to get them to re-route the 431 bus for the benefit of the local residents.

1966 We raised money for a new water heater for the hall kitchen.

1969 Members helped with a project to extend the hall by 10 feet to allow the addition of 2 toilets, this was aptly named the "Waterloo Project".

1970 A weekly rota was formed to help serve teas at Orpington Hospital's Day Centre. Some members also entertained at the hospital, local OAP clubs and Age Concern. Saving stamps were collected for "Single Women and their Dependents" milk bottle tops for the "Guide Dogs for the Blind Association"

1973 Three of our members were congratulated - Dorothea Elwes who received an O.B.E.
Joyce McAughtry who was elected to the Sevenoaks District Council and Kathleen Sherwood who became Divisional Guide Commissioner.

1977 Eileen Back & Patricia Cash represented the WI on a local committee to arrange the celebrations for the Queen's Silver Jubilee, subsequently the institute provided and served teas to approximately 60 children. In this special year we also formed a working party to 'Keep Britain Tidy' armed with plastic sacks we cleared several roads and slip-ways with good results.

1980 Darts matches were held between the recently formed' Badgers Club' for retired and semi retired men from the area and ourselves.

1989 Four of our members enjoyed a week-end at Denman College when the West Kent Federation took over the college. This is our own college set in beautiful surroundings in the Oxfordshire countryside at Abingdon. A number of our members have attended the college either by winning a bursary given by the institute or by paying for a course of their choice.

To celebrate the N.F.W.I's 75th Anniversary some of our members ran a 'Tombola' stall at the Kent County Show at Detling, Pat West, Controller of Orpington WI Market and one of our members, helped with the County Market stall at the show.

1990 Margaret Fox & Patricia Cash attended the 60th Birthday Lunch of our 'Link' institute at Hernhill in East Kent. Previously, we had hired a minibus which our then President had driven, to attend one of Hernhill's Coffee mornings, stopping for a pub lunch on the return journey. Over the years, pub lunches have proved to be very popular and we have tried & tested many in the Kent countryside.

1991 We were honoured by a visit from the County Chairmen Elizabeth Patterson, who guided us through the resolutions for the National A.G.M.
In the same year, as a result of a talk given by Brian Do on 'Wildlife on the Kent Downs' some members & husbands joined him on a 'Nature Walk' across the downs in April, this was most enjoyable as the primrose & cowslips were in full bloom.

1993 To celebrate West Kent's WI 75th Birthday, Badgers Mount held a Victorian Tea-Party in Margaret Fox's lovely garden, out came the Silverware, lace table linen and Victorian dress & hats. A delicious tea was served to visitors & guests, which included our County chairman, members of other institutes in our Polhill District and some from our 'link' institute Hernhill, by committee members dressed as maidservants. This proved to be a great success in spite of tree-cutting in a nearby garden and a bonfire to burn the wood.

During our 50 years we have supported numerous charities, such us local Hospices, Sevenoaks Hospital and Red Cross Society, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and Kent Air Ambulance to name a few.

2003 Over the years we have had a strong Music & Drama Group in our District, with a number of our members taking part or producing, a brief list of which are as follows:
A Victorian Music Hall, Pantomimes, The Roaring Twenties, Goin' West, As Time Goes By, The Way We Were and a few plays as well, but our "Piece de resistance" has to be our offering for the Millennium - A Midsummer Night's Millennium Dream, a skit on the Bard's famous work, cleverly adapted by Wendy Robertson one of our members. During Millennium year our County Chairman, Brenda Young visited us for our Birthday party.


Pat Cash

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