Tonight was the occasion of the Winslow WI’s first meeting of 2017. It was also its 95th official birthday although this is not being celebrated until the Murder Mystery Evening in March. It was difficult to judge what the membership is going to be this year because there were so many people absent affected by illness or away on winter holidays. We know that several WI members are moving their main membership to the new morning WI because they feel a little apprehensive about winter driving in the dark which is understandable. The speaker was an energetic actor talking about the history of pantomime so the members were soon involved in the traditional audience participation, without the hisses I am pleased to say.
The President then took the lead on the explanation of the short selection list of six resolutions and the votes were collected for sending in to the NFWI via the Bucks HQ in High Wycombe. Plans were made for the Murder Mystery Evening, the Chase Group meeting which we are hosting and the County Quiz which are all happening around the same weekend.
9th January 2017
This is my first entry for the new year after the long Christmas break. All WI members were given the holiday task of completing the membership survey in the December issue of WI Life and the members of the Bucks Federation were also asked in the Bucks Newsletter and on the Bucks website to complete a local survey. If one examines the questions asked, it is fairly obvious what information the Board of Trustees are keen to learn and I really think that the members should take the time to fill it in---especially those who tend to grumble about the location of the County Federation Office and the venues for events. Enough said but if you haven’t looked, do so now. The closing date for receipt of the survey has been extended.
The local WI crochet group was decimated by coughs and colds but those of us who were present spent an enjoyable afternoon returning to our projects and sorting out problems. Unfortunately, two beginners have decided to give up either because of failing eyesight for close work or arthritic finger joints but the rest are planning quite ambitious products and are eager to tackle the mysteries of written patterns or charts.