The Current Affairs sub-committee met this morning and the members spent quite a long time analysing the Investigation and Discovery event held at the Oculus the week previous.Although we all knew it had been a very successful meeting in promoting science and the WI, it was difficult not to feel slightly cross and hurt by some of the quibbles that people had raised. I imagine readers of the report at the Institute of Physics will be highly amused at the comments about loo paper provision and the positioning of the notices about parking which were matters to do with the venue and not about the content of the day.Fortunately some people had the grace to thank the Institute of Physics and BFWI for providing a free event.We will almost definitely repeat a science day to co-incide with the National Science Week in 2015 but I doubt whether we will be able to obtain a grant again to meet the costs. Nor can another hall be found elsewhere in central Bucks which is so well-equipped and so comfortable as the AVDC premises nor big enough to cope with the demand for seats.You have been warned.
This was the final session for the committee members at the end of a two year stint.Fortunately most are willing to stand again and we have some new members waiting in the wings to take their places. A couple of outings are being planned for the summer and something more serious in the autumn so I hope the organisers' time and effort in the planning will be fully appreciated.
This evening the Bucks Federation of WIs joined the Soroptimists of Aylesbury to celebrate International Women's Day at the International Centre in town.It was very crowded with people and stalls. BFWI put on display the campaigns currently being run at National level and there was a stall featuring the work of the ACWW. The programme was most interesting with displays of Indian and Irish dancing, singing and a costume show of saris from different areas of India. The main speaker was a doctor from the East End of London talking about her family and her experiences in a problem area. Her grandmother was illiterate, the mother of 10 children and then widowed. Yet, through her eldest son coming to London to be educated and be able to send money home to support the family, she was able to see her grand-daughter graduate in the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford. What an achievement! I hope we can persuade this doctor to come to speak at a BFWI event because she would be an inspiration to us all: she also has experience of the problems facing girls with the dangers of female genital mutilation which was nearly a resolution for the June Annual General Meeting at Leeds.
Our WI met for the monthly meeting when one of our own member's husband spoke about the Human Impact on Wild Life in Africa.Some of the photos were very gruesome but they brought home to us the enormity of the problems of poaching and the threat of reducing the natural habitats for all sorts of animals.We now have a membership of 66 and 3 new members were welcomed to the WI tonight. Plans are progressing for our May Fair and there are lots of stalls booked ahead from traders both local and at a distance. A visit is planned to a chocolate factory at the end of April which will appeal to the chocoholics among us.I hope they don't eat too many sweets before the journey home.