What fun! It seems that WI members have been engaged in running an illegal business organisation for years and the Law has just exposed us for the criminals we all are. As the Chairman of Cambridgeshire Federation said it has taken a very long time for us to be brought to book for using hedgerow fruits to make products for sale. I notice she mentioned sales at fetes---clever to keep quiet about putting our goods on the shelves of large supermarkets. Surely that must be a more punishable offence.
The work of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity was the subject of tonight’s monthly WI meeting. We were all surprised at the varied scope of the department and the huge part that the volunteers play in the running of such a large organisation. Our delegate to the National WI’s Annual General Meeting at Brighton reported on her visit which she had found interesting. Both resolutions had been passed by large majorities and no amendments had been allowed. The local WI’s Pimms stall at the Queen’s celebrations in the town had been very popular and sold out. The cake stall next day had had to be moved inside the church because of rain but had been a success. Several members had visited the Life Skills flat at Furze Down School to inspect what the WI had helped to furnish and they were most impressed.
The craft Group are making progress in finding out how to become Wrap Pyjama Fairies. This involves making clothing for children undergoing surgery in hospital or in hospices so there are an awful lot of rules to follow for Health & Safety reasons about fabrics and fastenings which can or cannot be used. It will be September before we really get started but there is a lot of enthusiasm already being shown.
The bric-a-brac stall at the Farmers’ Market attracted a lot of interest and the WI made a profit of around £100 which will be added to the money which we are raising for the Save Denman College Appeal. My definition of bric-a-brac is stuff no one wants, so it amazes me that anyone thinks that the stuff can be sold to make money but what do I know…