Happy Birthday to the WI 100 years young today!
The very first WI meeting was held in Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, Wales, on 16 September 1915. Since then, the organisation has spread its wings to become the biggest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK with over 212,000 members in 6,600 WIs.
The WI was first established to educate rural women, and to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to help to increase the supply of food to the war-torn nation. They became champions of self-sufficient living and what could be more self-supporting than keeping backyard poultry.
Hens were easy to keep, fed on leftovers they provided families with a much needed fresh supply of eggs. During WW2 families were rationed to just one egg per week and it wasn’t until 1953, 10 years after the war had ended, that eggs were removed from the rationing books.
Education and the sharing of skills have always been at the heart of the organisation, and this remains true today.
In the spirit of the WI we would love to know if your grandparents or great grandparents kept chickens during the war, and did they have any favourite eggy recipes? Please tweets us @BHWTOfficial or post on our Facebook page here.