DUNHAM Massey Women’s Institute Institute has received £7,100 from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) .to fund a film project.
The film, called ‘The Wild Indians of Dunham Massey, 95 years of a Women’s Institute', will depict the personal stories of eight of Dunham's WI members.
Particularly interesting stories include that of Sally, who talks about training for service in Durham in the 1930s and Peggy who grew up in a family that was in mourning after the First World War.
WI president, Shirley Wheeler, said: “The HLF award is enabling us to make the film and has given us a fantastic opportunity to show the benefits of companionship between the WI members.
"The members have fully engaged in film process and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
"This is an extremely important piece of heritage now documented which will be enjoyed by all in years to come. It’s also a fantastic stepping stone towards our 100th anniversary. "
It is intended that the film will be stored in the North West and National Archives where it will be accessible to all, in years to come.
The film produced by Belle Vue Productions will be offered to libraries, schools and local history groups.
Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “Many people today, especially younger generations, are unaware of the fascinating and inspiring history of the WI.
"This is why we’re delighted to be supporting this project that will not only create a lasting legacy on film of some of Cheshire WI’s most inspiring members, but also provide participants the opportunity to develop a whole new range of skills – interviewing, researching and film-making – which they can take into the future.”
Dunham Massey Women’s Institute was founded in 1919.
It has 55 members and meets at the Village Hall in Dunham Village, the second Wednesday of every month.