A WOMEN’S institute is celebrating its 40th anniversary by publishing a book of wartime recipes.

Upperthong WI was formed in 1971 to help save the village hall from closure.

And now the group has released a book to celebrate its 40th birthday.

President Margaret Brier said: “It’s a book of wartime recipes which shows how you can make good food with simple things like dried eggs.”

The 69 recipes include nettle beer and zig-zog – oatmeal biscuits with treacle.

The book was on sale at Upperthong Gala on Sunday and can also be purchased from The Royal Oak pub in the village.

Mrs Brier was one of the founding members of Upperthong WI.

She said: “We came up with the idea of the group as a way of keeping the village hall open.

“Now there are all sorts of groups like the Brownies and mother and toddler groups that use the hall.”

Upperthong WI meets in the village hall at 7.45pm on the third Thursday of the month.

Mrs Brier said: “We have 27 members at the moment but we’re always looking for new people.

“I hope more people will come along because we have some wonderful speakers and social nights and it’s a rather nice way to meet your neighbours.”

For more information on the group call Mrs Brier on 01484 681381.