Anyway please look at the site and use it. Let us know what you think. It is not complete yet: there are bits to add and perhaps a bit of shuffling to do but LOOK and KEEP LOOKING. We will know how many people do make contact but unless you admit to it we will not know what you are thinking. Don't let all this commitment be wasted. We want what Bucks WIs do to be shouted from the rooftops and we want to attract even more members than we did last year. After all, we're worth it!
The members of the local WI were pre-warned that the speaker had been forced to cancel which unfortunately is a known hazard at this time of year. However without much tearing of hair, the committee came up with an excellent solution by using our own members to fill the gap. So we heard about the work of the new BFWI Digital Champion: what she had learned at a course at Denman College and how she was supposed to use this training. Judging by the interest shown and the number of members who signed up to have her to visit and help them to make full use of their computers, I think she is going to be a very busy lady.
Then we listened to a presentation by a trainee WI Adviser in which she explained the progress of a resolution from the proposing WI right through to its being discussed at the NFWI Annual General Meeting, before becoming a mandate which all WI members may support. This was particularly interesting to our WI because we have been brooding on putting forward a resolution again. We know it involves quite a bit of hard work in preparation but even so...watch this space.
Unfortunately the WI application for a grant to help set up an outdoor community fitness area has not been successful. We had the blessing of the Town Council but that wasn't enough. We will think of other sources of funding and try again. The rest of the meeting took the form of a steady flow of dates for events both within our WI and in BFWI and in things where NFWI is involved.
The bursary cookery demonstration day 2 March in the town could do with some more people attending so we are opening it to others.They will have to pay for an entrance ticket although it is free to our own members.
I think I have been suffering from cabin fever. I have had to miss so many events during December last year and January this that I was really quite excited to attend the local WI craft group. We spent most of the time thinking about competitions which are being held this year and also about promotional events at shows where the committee had suggested we might have a presence. This also involves fund-raising with which our little group seems to have been saddled. Of course we produce items that are eminently saleable but we don't really want to be spending all our time doing that---dedicated members though we be. Competitions and especially co-operative ones are popular because they concentrate our minds on a shared activity rather than working on our own.