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Badgers Mount Women's Institute

Formed 1953 (view History)

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West Kent Federation


Secretary Lesley Salmon
President Karen Lagarde
Vice President Suzanne Sumpton
Treasurer Carole Powell


The weather is getting cooler as I am writing this, and Autumn will be on our doorstep soon enough. I was not able to write my report for the last edition of this magazine, but rest assured that Badgers Mount WI have continued to be active, even on the hottest summer days.

We held our AGM in May, there were some changes to the committee as Cris Whalley retired earlier in the year when she moved and we sadly lost Pat Cash earlier in the year. Anne Handley has joined the committee and the officers remain the same.

Regrettably our advertised speaker for June was indisposed and therefore Joe Mendell came and gave us a very interesting and entertaining talk on the life of Harry Houdini.

Dee Larcombe made a return visit to us in July and told us all about her extremely interesting personal experiences whilst living and nursing in India.

In September Lesley Tipler will be speaking to us about ‘Madam’s Girls’ – It’s not what you think it might be – I’ll tell you all about it in the next edition!

In October we shall be plunged into the murky depths of Whitechapel in 1888 – ‘A Year of Murder, An Age of Poverty’, courtesy of Stuart Robinson, a favourite speaker of ours.

We shall be holding another fund raising afternoon tea on 1st November, the invitations have gone out to surrounding WIs and we hope to have a full house.

Badgers Mount Residents Association will be holding their Christmas Fair on November 18th and BM WI will be providing super yummy refreshments for this event which I hope you will put in your diaries.

Our ‘Knit and Natter’ afternoons continue to be well supported, recently it’s been more natter than knit but I expect as the evenings begin to draw in knitting will come back into fashion.

Visitors are always welcome to our meetings, if there’s a speaker who may be of interest to you or if you fancy just having a dip into our WI afternoon then please do come along.

Karen Lagarde

Badgers Mount Memorial Hall


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 10th
What’s in a name? - Dr Clive Nuttman.

May 8th
Annual Meeting - Members Only.

June 12th
Garden Outing.

July 10th
6 weeks living with a head hunting tribe in Indonesia - Dee Larcombe.

August 14th
In house Arts and Crafts.

September 11th
A policeman’s lot can be a happy one - Alan Coxon MBE.

October 9th
All things slow gin and chocolate - Katharine Hook.

November 13th
Secrets of Madagascar - Jane Muddle.

December 11th
Christmas Celebrations - Members Only.


January 8th
Quiz Afternoon.

February 12th
Garden Outing.

March 12th
40 years without a proper job - Chris Hare.

We also hold Knit and Natter Afternoons on the last Wednesday of the month from 2pm-4pm. All welcome.


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

WI committee members 2021

2021 Committee.
Left to right: Lesley Salmon, Suzanne Sumpton, Pat Cash, Karen Lagarde, Liz Dryesdale, Cris Whalley and Carole Powell.

Badgers Mount WI founder members BADGERS 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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