When we met this month, the entertainment for the evening was organised by the members rather than the committee, but first it was News & Events when members are kept informed of everything that is happening at all levels of the W.I.
Of course, members can access information in many ways, apart from the Internet of course. Since the beginning of this year as part of our subscription, each member has received her own copy of W.I. Life and although it is early days, already there has been a noticeable increase in interest in Denman College and other activities organised nationally. Our Federation issues a monthly newsletter, appropriately titled, Hampshire News and in Abbotts Ann, we produce approximately three newsletters of our own each year. So, there is no excuse for any member to miss anything – well in theory anyway!
Soon it was time to hand the evening over to Barbara Dixon, who had decided upon a ‘Question Time’ format. Members were asked their opinion on a wide range of subjects such as: Is Tom & Jerry too violent? Do we need ID cards? Should women serve on the front line? There was lively discussion reflecting a wide range of opinion, but as no votes were called for, no particular views prevailed.
The month of May might look quiet, but nothing could be further from the truth – June is a particularly busy month for us this year and there is a lot of activity “behind the scenes”.
31 May – 7.30 p.m. Village Hall – Resolutions followed by “Your favourite item”
02 June – Walking Group
04 June – Quiz team in action
14 June – 7 p.m. Village Hall – 90th Anniversary Celebration
16/17 June – West Woodhay Garden Show
28 June – 7.30 p.m. Village Hall – Themed Evening “Weddings”
12 July – Medieval Urban Bounce – 6.30 p.m. in Hyde Street, Winchester
In May we always debate whatever Resolutions are being presented at the NFWI AGM in June – this year there is only one and the subject is the closure of Community Hospitals. Once we have all had our say, members are being encouraged to bring along “a favourite item” and then explain why it means so much to them – this can be very revealing, but hopefully not intrusive.