‘Bring and share’ picnic

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If you haven’t already, you’ve got until the end of the month to swing by MK Museum to see an exhibition celebrating the centenary of the Women’s Institute.

The show is the perfect vehicle to show there is more to the WI than Jam and Jerusalem.

Colourful banners representing branches adorn the space, and reveal plenty of the history of our area – Bradwell’s banner features the stocks that once sat at the bottom of Primrose Lane, while Newton Longville’s includes a grim reminder of its past – the gallows.

They could be seen in a field off the Drayton Road until 1880.

The Thornborough and Thornton WI has memorabilia gathered from its Grab a Handful fundraiser.

Members donated old bras and competed to see how many they could remove – one handed – from a washing line in 30 seconds.

The under garments and monies raised from the event were then sent to support projects and people in Sierra Leone. Bra-vo!

A word of warning though – the knitted cakes might look good enough to eat, but a mouth full of knitting wool isn’t advisable. Leave those alone, and instead visit the museum cafe – open for tasty sponges and treats cooked by WI stalwart Diane Roder.

The exhibition is in the gallery space at the museum.

For opening times visit www.mkmuseum.org.uk

> St Lawrence Church in Broughton has been standing tall for close to 700 years.

It is one of our little gems, and on Sunday everyone will be able to step inside at a special open day which,fittingly, is being hosted on the Feast Day of St Lawrence.

History fans really should make the effort to pay a visit, for there are spectacular reminders of times past contained, and none better than the magnificent medieval wall paintings.

Friends of St Lawrence will be on hand to show you around, and tell you more about the history sitting quietly on your doorstep.

The church will be open between 11am and 4pm and refreshments will be available.

Additionally, a special ‘bring and share’ picnic will be served at midday, so pack up some nibbles and go take part.

Entry is free, and you can find more details about the church by clicking to www.visitchurches.co.uk