...or how Bicton & Oxon WI ended up in not one, but two national newspapers!
First, the original blog, which found its way to being a full-page article in the Daily Mail
In August 2013, following a visit by Bicton & Oxon WI to Upton Cressett Hall for their annual outing, this article appeared in The Daily Mail. It is based on John Cash's post which you can read in full on Upton Cressett Hall's blog.
From The Daily Mail, 17th August 2013Trying to round up 30 women of a certain age and herd them towards the car park was a bit like shooing wayward geese. But my blood was up and my patience at an end. 'You're no longer welcome on my property,' I bellowed. 'Could you leave the grounds immediately!' There were squawks of outrage and indignation from some but sly grins of unmistakable enjoyment on the faces of others. For them, an outing that ended with an angry scene was clearly a bonus. But I stood my ground and eventually they all found their way into the cards and mini-buses and drove off. Phew! It was over. I had just thrown the good ladies of the Women's Institute out of my Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house in Shropshire – and banned all WI parties from visiting for the rest of the season. It had been one of the most infuriating afternoons I have had in 30 years of showing people around my family home, Upton Cresett.
Bicton and Oxon WI fights back via the Daily Telegraph
In response to the Daily Mail article, Cathy Swan contacted the Telegraph who sent Victoria Lambert to interview her and our social secretary, Ann Haynes, with a photo shoot near the old St Chad's church.Women against the manor swornVictoria Lambert hears both sides of an escalating row between the WI and a less-than-stately home owner