35 members were warmly welcomed to the first meeting of 2020 by the new president, Joan Needham. There were no visitors and apologies were received from six members. Jeanette was thanked for the beautiful flowers for the President’s table. We gave a stirring rendition of Jerusalem. Minutes of the November meeting had been signed by the outgoing President at our December meeting.
Matters arising. Elaine and Angela were thanked for the splendid work they both did during their tenure as committee members. Elaine is continuing to organise trips away.
The Group carol service was excellent and we were able to enjoy the last day of the excellent display of Christmas trees.
18 members enjoyed Christmas lunch at The Bell in Eckington. It is hoped that more members will feel able to support the lunch this year.
The Christmas Craft Workshop at Nature in Art was very good. Wreaths were made, pine cones decorated and candle holders decoupaged!
Future Events. Members were invited to take part in a fun game of skittles on Tuesday 28th at 2pm in the football club. Costing only £2:50 each.
Mamma Mia on Thursday April 2nd is almost full. We are all looking forward to a trip to Bristol to see the SS Great Britain in either May or June. There will also be a return visit to the National Memorial Arboretum also in May or June. The Annual Council Meeting will be held on March 25th. The NFWI Annual Meeting will be held on June 7th at the Royal Albert Hall. Resolutions will be put forward to be debated and voted upon. We await the outcome of our WI votes with anticipation. In February we will have our annual draw for Denman Bursaries when the names of 2 members will be drawn. Members were reminded of the local guidelines in order to qualify. The sale “Unwanted gifts” appeared to go very well and proceeds will go to ACWW.
Welfare. Please let Joan know quickly of any member who may be unwell or who suffers a bereavement. If any member is in need of a lift to get to meetings, please ask around for assistance.
The meeting welcomed tonight’s speaker, Margaret Vernon whose talk was about “World Musical Instruments”. Margaret had travelled widely and was very knowledgeable about stringed instruments in the Zither family. About five instruments were brought along and we were treated to an impromptu “listen” of each to demonstrate the variable sounds. The vote of thanks was given by Marilyn. Our next meeting on Tuesday 18th February.