TORRINGTON centenarian Kate Vodden is being hailed as probably the longest-serving member of the worldwide Mothers Union organisation. The 106-year-old was this week presented with a special certificate - and a celebration cake - to mark her 84 years mem
TORRINGTON centenarian Kate Vodden is being hailed as probably the longest-serving member of the worldwide Mothers' Union organisation.The 106-year-old was this week presented with a special certificate - and a celebration cake - to mark her 84 years membership of the women's church organisation, which aims to strengthen and preserve marriage and family life. In making the presentation at Mrs Vodden's home, MU Exeter Diocese president Mary Steer said that her long membership had only recently come to light when it was mentioned at an event in Appledore and it was immediately felt that this should be recognised."She could well be the longest serving member in the world," said Mrs Steer.Mrs Vodden, a policeman's daughter, told how she had arrived in Torrington in a horse and trap in 1911 to a house in the same street as her present home, where she has lived for 76 years.She recalls a day out enjoyed by two bus loads of members."On the way home we passed the Gribble Inn at Little Torrington and some of the women wanted to go in for a drink," she said. "When the then vicar learned we had gone into the pub he closed our branch. I had to go around and see him and promise such a thing would not happen again before we were allowed to continue."Five Torrington vicars had come and gone since she had first joined the MU, she said.Mrs Vodden was also a founder member of the local Girl Guides in 1915/16.