In the depths of the Corn Exchange basement in Blandford Forum, there was recently found stored away a very large panel complete with massive frame. This huge wall piece turns out to be a memorial panel created by an earlier incarnation of the three
Women's Institutes that have existed in the town The panel itself consists of needlework,embroidery, Dorset buttons, exquisite miniature gloves and a wig made of human hair and seems to be a celebration of the cottage industries of the area. A plaque
on the back says it was made and presented to Blandford Town Council in 1972 by the Blandford Central WI but no commemoration or celebration can be tied in with that date.