The local WI is celebrating the success of its May Fair this morning. This event was our fund-raiser for the year so it is good to know that the money raised will bridge the gap between the contribution made by our subscriptions and what it costs to hire the hall for meetings and provide 8 speakers a year.We will now be able to stop worrying about our finances and, if we want, gather some money together for the Life Skills flat at the school which we promised to do in our own time.All the members worked hard for the Fair, filling jars with strange things and making craft and cakes to add to the commercial stalls who had booked tables.
Discussion evening tonight and the topic seemed a bit limiting but as usual we had a lot to contribute about "Walking". Of course walking holidays were remembered and recommended but we also discussed the medical advantages gained from the exercise and its therapeutic mental contribution to one's feeling of well-being. Many problems are diminished by just leaving the house and thinking things through as one ambles along. Even if one slammed the door on exit one returns more able to cope with whatever the immediate future holds. Also we don't need to set ourselves great challenges or actively search for an adventure to test our survival skills. Just walk.
Our craft group is making great progress with the new WI tablecloth which is being designed and worked for the WI centenary. It looks as if it will be finished by the beginning of 2015 which is our 93rd anniversary but Bucks 95th. So plenty to commemorate and the members enjoy working on something together and showing off their skills.
The national media have got hold of last year's annual report from Denman College which highlighted the financial worries of the Board of Trustees. It even made the editorial in the Daily Telegraph which was slightly patronising in recommending that the courses should be within our sphere of proven expertise ie.----you've guessed it--- craft and jam.It was rather disappointing as we were told at the Annual Council Meeting at the Waterside in Aylesbury by Jane Dixon, the Head of Denman College that things had improved and bookings had picked up .Personally I believe that the Board already knew what was necessary to improve finances: the beds had to be filled. The Trustees had already been exploring the idea of hosting weddings which may prove a bit restrictive on the number of courses being run at weekends. So did we need to spend £7000 on Counterculture to produce a financial report? It seems a pity to drop some of the "obscure" courses when the sheer variety of subjects offered has always been part of Denman's appeal.