The WI Team

Alix Siddall, President.

Alix Siddall -President

About me: Having been born and brought up in the area , I moved away and travelled around a bit before settling in South Milford. Being heavily involved in village life (Parish Council, Playing Fields Association etc.), the WI seemed the next logical (and much more fun!) step to take.

Fav cake: Anything homemade, especially involving fruit & nuts!

Heroines: Kris Hallenga for her strength of character and campaigning work for her charity Coppafeel.

Irene Breckon, Secretary.

Irene Breckon -Secretary

About me: Retired to South Milford 2 years ago having lived in London for 10 years. Joined WI shortly after moving here to meet new people. Love family times and meeting up with friends. Definitely enjoying village life & our eldest daughter has recently moved here too!

Fav cake: Anything from the T Post, another village bonus!

Heroines: The Queen for her dedication. My friend Jemma for bringing up two sons, now fine young men, single handedly, despite trials & tribulations.

Vivian Cripwell, Treasurer.

Vivian Cripwell -Treasurer

About me: When my two children started secondary education, I began working part-time for the NHS until my retirement 32 years later. I now volunteer at the Martin House Hospice for children in Boston Spa – a very special place. I have lived in South Milford for 17 years and love the village and the surrounding areas.

Fav cake: Prefer savouries but am quite partial to a slice (or two) of Lemon Drizzle Cake!

Heroines: Mary G, a very dear friend who battled a devastatingly debilitating illness with stoicism and bravery. Each day she looked for and found the sparkle in life.

Caroline Dulson, Secretary and Programme Organiser.

Caroline Dulson -Secretary and Programme Organiser

About me: I love all things arty and crafty and will do almost anything for a good slab of cake and a cup of tea! Happiest when I'm pottering in the garden, painting with my children or drinking gin and tonic with friends. Joining the SMWI has at least covered one of these!

Fav cake: Any that I didn't have to make or wash up after.

Heroines: Mary Poppins (for the amazing bag).

Suzanne Cawood, Hall Bookings.

Suzanne Cawood -Hall Bookings

About me: I look after the hall bookings which means that my children associate the WI with lots of phone calls and emails!

Fav cake: Coffee cake with orange icing.

Heroines: Emily Bronte (for Wuthering Heights), Emily Pankhurst (everyone should vote) and Philippa, Comtesse de Sevigny (an obscure one that).

Pat Scott, Committee Member.

Pat Scott -Committee Member

About me: As the most senior member of the team in years if not in rank I attempt to kerb the wilder schemes of these enterprising youngsters –usually without success! I am a retired Home Economics teacher (still ranting about the demise of my subject in schools -don't get me started). I am happiest when pottering in the garden and have what my family regard as an obsessive attachment to my compost bins and their squishy contents.

Fav cake: Rich fruit cake with lots of marzipan - Christmas, Birthday, Fridays any excuse will do. Oh, and Suzanne's chocolate crunch, we all look forward to committee meeting at her house!

Heroines: Mo Molem and Auntie Eva, who was also my domestic science teacher and taught me to cook.

Anne Robertson, Committee Member.

Anne Robertson -Committee Member

About me: Having retired from education and moved locally, the SMWI has introduced me to new friends and interests. I now volunteer at Sherburn Library and have rekindled my love (though not necessarily my skill) of dancing. My house is never without an arty, messy or crafty project – usually for or with my increasing brood of grandchildren.

Fav cake: BBC Good Food’s spiced walnut cake – takes time to make and assemble but no time at all to eat – scrumptious!

Heroines: Great Grandma Jennings – a force to be reckoned with but a lady who paved the way for my mum, my aunt and me. Full of determination and grit.