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Auld lang syne . . . Current and former members of Clydevale Women's Institute gather for a group photo during their 90th jubilee celebration at the South Otago Town & Country Club in Balclutha on Saturday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Clydevale Women’s Institute celebrated 90 years at the weekend.

The jubilee celebration was held at the South Otago Town and Country Club.

Institute secretary Joan Dunlop said the event went well and about 41 members and past members attended.

“There was a very nice meal and cake,” Mrs Dunlop said.

She said the event included greetings and apologies from past and present members and some of the history of the institute was talked about.

Some of the members had a sing-along on the piano and member Adele Byers had made a cake.

“It was the most beautiful cake I’ve ever tasted.”

Three members blew out the candles on the cake and institute president Alexa Craig had the honour of cutting it.

The institute started in 1928 and while it used to have big numbers, Mrs Dunlop said the group was now down to 14.

“A lot of members have shifted or retired,” she said.

“Years ago, everyone went.”

Mrs Dunlop said the institute’s main fundraiser was catering meals for the Clutha Lions, which allowed it to then support a range of groups.

The institute supported a variety of causes, collecting cans for the Clutha food bank at Christmas, donating to the hospice, doing baking to raise money for the Balclutha Cancer Society and donating to Balclutha Plunket and playcentre.

Mrs Dunlop said the institute was a community group and the camaraderie helped to keep up friendships.

“We want to keep it going because it gives us a chance to catch up with each other.”

The institute met once a month. Sometimes they had a speaker, and recently they went to a movie in Gore.