Step back in time with Belton Women’s Institute

Old photographs of a bygone Isle of Axholme have been discovered by Epworth Bells reader Gilly Byrne.

Pictured (clockwise from left) are: Greta Hazelhurst, Mrs Kelsey, Mrs Rustling, Zoe Godfrey, Mrs Cundle, Nina Tyack, Averil Drakes and Dr Jane Mitchell.

Gilly, of High Street, Belton, found these pictures at the back of a drawer and believes they may be taken at the village Women’s Institute’s birthday sometime in the 1970s.

She said: “I don’t know the venue, but the birthday cake was always cut by the longest serving member, and the lady doing the honours was Ada Gibson.

“The two older ladies would also have been very long standing members, with the Belton president.”

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Pictured amongst the crowd are Mrs Ross, Ada Gibson, Ivy Kemp, Alice Pashley, Mary Greensitt and Freda Drakes.

Any readers that can provide any more information, or who would like to share their memories from the Isle in years gone by, can email [email protected] address.

Pictured amongst this group of ladies are Bea Watson, Nan Luke and Mrs Kelsey.