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from the Monmouthshire Beacon 6th February 2019

Final Meeting of Penallt WI after more than half a century

After 55 years at the heart of village activities, Penallt WI has been forced to close due to falling numbers.

Recent years have seen the branch welcoming "the very best of speakers" to Pelham Hall, largely thanks to the support of visitors to the monthly meetings.

The final report, from Ros Edmonds, also makes special mention of the support the group has had from “the gents who have regularly attended meetings as unofficial WI members”.

"A festive meal at The Estero Lounge in Monmouth proved a fitting end both to the year and to the Penallt WI", she said.

"The village may no longer have its WI nights on the first Thursday of the month, but former members will still be around to help at summer fetes, Christmas bazaars, the Classic Car Show, Pelham Hall and the annual spring clean."

While the branch has effectively closed, however, under WI rules it will remain 'in suspension' for three years and could be re-opened at any time during that period – so, if any vibrant group of local ladies would like to take on the challenge, please step forward!