It is not just the children who go back to school in September: all the WI committees are back in harness too. I seem to have missed quite a few events recently so it was good to hear what had been going on in Bucks during August. The Current Affairs sub-committee spent time on final arrangements for the Great Food Debate on 25th September. We have the speakers, the venue and over 100 people in the audience so far but what a struggle it always is to convince the local media that they should cover WI events. However, this time it looks as though we have managed to do it. Watch out for familiar WI faces on the side of two High Wycombe buses! Plans are also being made for the second Georgian Day and into next year for another day of Investigation & Discovery.
This committee is trying to highlight the problems of abused women in line with the campaign against Violence against Women. We will need to tackle this through Women's Aid and women's refuges across the county. Did you follow the publicity about the Modern Day Slavery Bill which Theresa May is trying to bring into place and all the hard work of the Centre for Social Justice? Women suffer directly and indirectly from human trafficking and the WI has mandates enabling it to join the fight against the perpetrators of these crimes.Life in Bucks is not lived in a sheltered bed of roses for many in our area, so don't be complacent and keep your eyes open.
It was interesting to see the developments in the building of new school premises around our meeting place tonight. It is going to be a marvellous venue when finished in just over a year's time.There was an awful lot of talk going on as we recounted holiday adventures and activities but our speaker soon captured everyone's attention as she spoke about her work for Women's Aid. There were touches of humour but it was a pretty grim picture which she painted. The WI supports the Food Banks and several members volunteer in charity shops but the dire needs of some mothers and children caught up in desperate circumstances are difficult to imagine as we sit in comfort and warmth after an evening meal.
Plans are being made for a quiz in November and the Group Meeting next month. It was announced that the proceeds from the Garden Party had been around £500 which was excellent considering the weather on the day.Already we are coming to the end of the year when a new committee will be sought and new officers too. It seems no time since the last Annual Meeting.
Why is it that when one has made a date for a summer activity and the weather has been marvellous for weeks it has to change the night before? The WI Garden Party fell victim again of just such a case: it rained a bit but it was the wind which was the greatest problem. However, nothing daunted we sat out with cups of tea and well-anchored cakes amid pegged down tents and covered up stalls.It was a very enjoyable afternoon actually even if it had to bring out a little of the Blitz spirit!