Gemma is custodian of the carrots - caring for Doddington WI’s 1936 preserved vegetables

PUBLISHED: 13:25 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:25 22 February 2013

Some bottled carrots that belong to Doddington WI that were bottled in 1936.

Some bottled carrots that belong to Doddington WI that were bottled in 1936.

Archant

GEMMA Watts has a very special job with Doddington WI. Not only is she the secretary, but she is custodian of the carrots - looking after a jar of bottled carrots that pre-date the Second World War.

The carrots are carefully stored in Gemma’s pantry in dark and cool surroundings, and every so often they are taken to WI meetings for new members to marvel at.

Gemma is now wondering if they are the oldest preserved carrots in the UK, and is preparing to write to the Daily Telegraph newspaper to issue a challenge for readers to find any older preserved vegetables.

“The carrots were bottled by Nellie Fresher for a WI competition in 1936,” said Gemma . “We have a card with all the details on. The carrots in the Kilner jar are part of Doddington WI’s heritage, our branch was founded in 1919.

“Another member of the WI used to look after them, but when she moved away, they came to me about five years ago. Every so often we bring them out and talk about them.

Gemma took the bottled carrots to the February meeting of the WI, where members were also treated to a talk about recycling in Fenland, given by Nick King of Ameycespa.

He brought along seven sculptures made out of recycled materials, and displayed toys made by schoolchildren from recycled materials. He was thanked by Natalie Jolly.

Lucky winners of the raffle were Marjorie Bishop, Carol Turner, Sally Shortland, Gill Johnson and Carol Garcia. Refreshments were served by Jenny Mair and Suzanne Tucker.

More news stories

11:43

A March man has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and court costs after being prosecuted for fly-tipping in the region.

Yesterday, 17:31

Three men and one woman were arrested today on suspicion of intent to supply drug ‘grenades’ after three children were found unconscious and taken to hospital.

14:36

An Ely minister is backing a campaign to allow the parents of a seriously ill toddler to travel to Italy with him for life saving treatment in a row over whether he should continue to be kept alive by an oxygen machine..

14:25

After over 30 years as an accountant, Richard Leighton, director at Bulley Davey, is to retire this month.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter