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WI - May 17 Meeting

Our last meeting was on Thursday 11th May and included our Annual Meeting and Resolutions, attended this time by Alison Woolford and Tracy Baker who are Hampshire WI Advisers. After Carolyn welcomed them and the three new NWWI members, Sue Winterbourne, Julie Preston and Sharon Calviou, Helen Frizell, our secretary, gave a wonderful account of our monthly meetings and the many events attended and enjoyed by our WI members and guests during the last year. There is a varied and interesting programme of meetings for the coming year which for us starts in June. We are thirty-nine members strong now and growing! There is plenty of room for more, too.

Carolyn heaped praise on her committee for 2016/2017 and thanked them all for the willing effort they had made, and she included others who had helped as non-committee members. Carol Rowe thanked Carolyn for all her hard work and effort as President, from which we have all felt the benefit. There has been a slight change in committee members. Linda Temple decided to stand down and was thanked for her years on the Committee and when Carolyn asked if anyone was willing to volunteer to be on the committee Sharon Calviou, our newest member kindly volunteered. Carolyn Brown was unanimously voted back as our President. Being on the committee or being a WI member is a great way of making friends and getting to know more about the village events and what makes the WI tick. Making cakes and having cups of tea or coffee does come into it but WI offers so much more, including walks, interesting outings, theatre trips, skittles, darts and quiz competitions, helping in fundraising events with the Church Fete, the occasional jazz band dances and wine tasting evenings and learning lots about other organisations and charities through speakers at our monthly meetings.

The proposed resolutions for this year are ‘Alleviating Loneliness’ and ‘Keeping microscopic fibres out of our oceans’. Our votes will be added to the votes from all of the other WIs in the country. There is a lot for us to find out about microscopic fibres. Helen and the two advisers were helpful and enlightened us on the 5p bags offered in supermarkets, saying that they were not biodegradable but break down to microplastic beads that can find their way into the water sources and oceans. We were advised to take our own shopping bags but if necessary avoid the 5p bags and get a replaceable plastic 10p bag instead. Also, many clothes, including fleeces, are made from these microplastic fibres.

Then Alison and Tracy had a lot of fun with two quizzes they had carefully organised for us on the topic of ‘Who, What, Where and Why of the WI’. It transpired that although our general knowledge of our own WI is reasonable we are not quite so knowledgeable on who exactly should carry out some of the tasks. The Secretary’s jobs and the Treasurer’s jobs were fairly clear cut but a lot of the jobs we thought were solely the responsibility of the President could be shared with the whole committee and some jobs could be delegated to non-committee numbers. Alison was very complementary about our WI and Hampshire WIs in general. Coffee, tea and biscuits were served!

Please don’t forget to make large or small cakes, or biscuits, bread or savoury items etc. for the Cake Stall at the combined CHURCH FETE / BIG LUNCH at Cuckoo Meadow on 11th June! We start selling at 12pm and volunteer helpers will be welcome! This plea is addressed to all villagers, not just WI members.

Next Meetings: -

Thursday 8th June 2017 – Outing to The Red Lion, Overton, for an evening of skittles and supper.

Thursday 13th July 2017 – Our Garden Meeting with strawberries and cream, wine or juice, to be held at Julie Preston’s garden. Please bring a chair, bowl spoon and glass.

There will be no meeting in August.

Thursday 14th September 2017 – Fiona Birchall will tell stories relating to ‘The Seven Ages of Women’. This will not be a serious evening. Quite the opposite!

Why not come along as a guest, a potential new member, or as someone who is interested in listening to a particular speaker? We are a cheerful group of ladies and we do have fun! If anyone would like to come along or would like more details please contact Carolyn Brown. carolynbrown50@googlemail.com

Sue George


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