It was another busy monthly meeting tonight with an attendance of over 60 members and 7 guests whom we always hope and almost expect will return to join. The speaker gave an interesting presentation entitled “Journey to Station X” which was all about the formation of the team working at Bletchley Park during World War II. It was amazing that the secrets were kept for decades when so many people were stationed there, living in the local villages and travelling on the trains or cycling to and from work. It would never be possible nowadays when everyone has to take selfies and be in constant contact with friends and family.
The trip to Milton Keynes theatre had been very popular. Arrangements were made to attend several County events and we are pleased to have two teams entering the inter-WI quiz this year which is being held in Winslow. It was agreed to celebrate our 95th anniversary in 2017 with a murder mystery evening. These things have to be booked well in advance because they are so popular. Several of our members have volunteered to help with the formation meeting for a new WI in the town. We wish them every success with that.
The Green Gym members had ended their walk in Aylesbury by visiting the WI centenary display in the County Museum. There were craft workshops going on there too so it had been very interesting.
It was a bit of a surprise to recognise some familiar faces on the cover of the latest issue of ACWW’s “The Countrywoman” magazine. The photos had been taken at the Vintage Tea held in Amersham in November which some of our members attended. Inside there was a write up on the progress of the projects undertaken by WIs across the world for women and children in undeveloped countries. The money we raise by the “women walk the world” scheme and our collections of “ coins for friendship” all go towards these projects. The international AGM is being held in the UK this year in Warwickshire so there will be good coverage in the media.