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The Badgers Mount WI

Badgers Mount Women's Institute

Formed 1953

West Kent WIBadgers Mount WI
Polhill Group
West Kent Federation


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


Well the ‘Great British Summer’ didn’t disappoint this year – I hope none of you blinked as you would have missed it!

On the subject of the weather, September celebrated our first meeting since lockdown with a real live speaker and what a treat it was.

Ian Currie came along to talk to us about ‘Weather Lore – Fact or Fiction?’ and we spent an extremely amusing and interesting afternoon listening to a plethora of old sayings about winds, clouds, flora, fauna, sunrises and sunsets.

These all originated years ago from the huge numbers of people who worked outside and observed the changes all around them.

Ian pointed out that in fact some of them can be quite reliable but others are complete nonsense – for example, if they cows are lying down it’s because they’re tired, not because it’s going to rain!

We learnt about the huge fluctuation in temperature between the top and bottom of clouds and what their different formations signify and the fact that if you look at double rainbow you will see that the colours are reversed on one of them.

I am sure that we shall be keeping an eye on the sky now that we have a little knowledge under our belts.

Our speaker next month is Lesley Broster who will be telling us all about the London’s Heroes and Villains of long ago.

Why not come along and join our small friendly group at 2pm Wednesday 13th October to listen to Lesley and enjoy some tea and home-made cakes afterwards?

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.


July 5th
NHS Tea Party.
August 11th
Garden Outing - Hadlow College.
September 8th
Weather Lore - Fact or Fiction - Ian Currie.
October 13th
Heroes and Villains - Lesley Broster.
November 10th
Christmas Crafts.
Christmas Party - members only.


January 12th
Silk and Silk Paintings - Elitta Fell.
February 9th
4 Years as a Child in a Japanese POW Camp - Dee Larcombe.
March 9th
Crime Fiction - Why so Massively Popular? - William Shaw.
April 13th
Aspects of the Musicals - Martin Harrison.
May 11th
Annual Meeting - members only.
June 8th
Garden Outing.
July 13th
Inspirational Herbs - Lin Staines.
August 10th
September 14th
Writing a Novel about Parkinsons and why I did this - Jane Cullen.
October 12th
Kent/Sussex RSPB Reserves - Brian Nobbs.
November 9th
The Crime Scene Examiner - John Yarrow.
December 14th
Christmas Party.

The above Programme of Events is subject to change and cancellation at short notice in line with rules and regulations from the Government. Meetings are held in the hall in line with Badgers Mount Hall Management, WI and Government rules and regulations.


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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