Reports & Speakers 2015


Joan welcomed 35 members and one visitor and thanked Mairwen Lloyd for the flowers, which would be added to the raffle at the end of the evening. Nine members sent apologies.  We had a good sound when Jerusalem was sung.

2015 Centenary Events.

  • Baton Exchange – The full schedule for the Baton Exchange in Gloucestershire was advised, with details of the exchange within the Tewkesbury Group – methods of transport being used and timings.  It was hoped as many members as possible would  be involved on Friday 20 March when the baton would be received at the Village Hall from Kemerton and taken onto Mitton by horsebox.  The Mayor, Mayoress and Town Crier would all be involved in photo shoots in Tewkesbury.  The local press would be notified and it was hoped many group members would be at Gupshill Manor at approx 12.30 when Tewkesbury Group exchanges would be complete and members could take refreshments.
  • NFWI AGM Viewing at Roses Theatre – Joan was pleased to give members a preview of a notice which would appear in the March edition of the GFWI Newsletter with details of the proposed viewing at The Roses.  The theatre would be open from 9.30 am when tea/coffee would be served.  The day’s proceedings would commence at 10.30 and finish at 5.00 pm.  The bar area would be open during the lunch break serving soft drinks and those attending could eat packed lunches, or alternatively eat out in one of the many available restaurants in the town.  Tickets would be £5.  The closing date for ticket application would be 29 April and as the response was expected to be high within the county Joan urged members to sign up indicating their interest in attending.

Group Meeting Report.  Joan reported on the January Group Meeting.  The Christmas Carol Service hosted by Newtown had made a profit of £114.67 for group funds in addition to a retiring collection for the Tewkesbury Foodbank of £134.38.  A bursary of £200 was awarded to Twyning for the 2014 Spring meeting and another of £200 to Kemerton for the 2015 Spring Meeting.  There will also be two £100 bursaries which would be drawn at the Spring Meeting.  Funds were still healthy.  The Spring Meeting would be held at Kemerton on 25 March and Bredon had been allocated 8 tickets only at a cost of £7. each to include refreshments.  The entertainment would be a quintet ‘Ukes Anon’.  The competition for the evening would be ‘Leaning on a Lamp-post’ in any medium.  One entry from  each WI in the group.  The first round of the County Quiz would be held at Bredon Village Hall on Thursday 23 April and Bredon would be entering 2 or possibly 3 teams.  Twyning had commented that the rules for the Skittles competition were not as daunting as might first appear, and had urged Bredon to enter a team.  Mitton, the  new WI, would host the Carol Service on Saturday 5 December at Holy Trinity.

Correspondence.  Elaine drew members attention to correspondence on the notice board, namely the Baton Exchange route and timings, a Centenary Golf Competition at Oxford on 15 June, details of the WI Centenary Cookbook and the latest ACWW Newsletter.

Newsletter.  Joan drew the following items to the attention of members:  GFWI walk at Painswick.  GFWI holiday on Elba.  100 years of WI exhibition in Gloucester Folk Museum.  2015 subscription changes.  Wall Hanging gift for Stroud Maternity Hospital.  Clay Pigeon and Air Rifle Shooting and a mid week walk at Hailes  Fruit Farm.

Presidents  Reminders

  • Members please pass the front cover of their WI Life magazine (centenary cover) to any member of the committee for use at the baton exchange.
  • The next  coffee  morning will be held on  Thursday 26 February.
  • Any member aware of any area of the village which might benefit from a litterpick – let a committee member know.
  • Knit and Natter group are desperate for more wool.  Please see Beryl or Elaine L  or Jane.
  • Denman Dip slips available on the table.
  • Refreshment  stewardesses for April and flowers for March.  Please sign up.
  • There would be a friendly skittle match from 7.0 until 9.0 pm on Wednesday 11 March at The Village Inn at a cost of £5.50 to include refreshment.  Speak to Margot.

Next month’s speaker would be Sue Burn speaking on ‘A Year at Batsford Arboretum’

Joan then introduced Colonel Mike Bennett OBE DL, who gave a most enlightening and interesting account of The Work of Gloucestershire’s Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lieutenants of whom he was one.  His talk being made all the more entertaining by amusing anecdotes.  The vote of thanks was given by Viv Ebbage.



Joan welcomed 40 members and two visitors to the Annual General Meeting.  There was an excellent rendition of Jerusalem.  Joan thanked Elaine C for providing the very festive Poinsettia plant, which would be added to the raffle.  There were apologies from eight members.

The minutes of the October meeting were on the notice board and would be signed at the end of the meeting.

Points from the Minutes –

  • War Horse event -This had been a very successful & the performance had been truly stunning.  Everyone had enjoyed themselves.
  • Cardiff Shopping visit – this would take place on Thursday this week, the coach would leave the village hall promptly at 9.00 am.
  • Sugarcraft Workshop – This had been a great success and those participating were very pleased with the end product. The beautiful flower made by Anona Green was on display on the table. It was proposed to hold another sugarcraft workshop in the Spring. Members who had attended the recent Silver Jewellery workshop had brought along the pendants they had made.  A photograph will be sent to the tutor. These too were on display on the table.
  • Presentation of the Commemorative Book – This had been presented to St Giles Church at the annual Service of Remembrance and it would reside there in perpetuity.
  • WI/Cobalt Joint Coffee Morning – This will be held next Saturday in the village hall from 10.30-12. Cobalt would have their annual raffle and there would be various stalls, WI books, Glass Christmas decorations and Overbury Stitchers. Cake would be served with the coffee and tea and all were welcome.
  • Tewkesbury Group Carol Service – To be held on Saturday 5 December at 2.30 pm at Holy Trinity Church in Tewkesbury hosted by Mitton WI.   The programme would include items from the local WI Choir and an item by the Mitton members’ children.
  • GFWI advised that Wynne Evans had cancelled his performance at the Christmas Concert and would be replaced by the soprano Laura White.
  • GFWI had sent a notice advising 36 observer tickets would be available for the 2016 NFWI AGM in Brighton on 11 June 2016 giving details of the various costs. These places would be allocated on a first come first served basis and members interested should contact Eunice Allen.
  • A communication had been received from the ’The Great British Bake Off’ programme looking for applications for the seventh series of the programme.
  • Elaine C had copies of the programme of courses and application forms for the County Weekend at Denman next September, for those members who were interested.
  • GFWI advised that spectators were welcome at the Pancake Races in February and for £3.50 per person those attending could enjoy coffee, soup and a roll.
AGM Matters
  • The Annual Financial Statement was presented by the treasurer and as the accounts were in a very healthy state, there were no questions and the Financial Statement was adopted unanimously.  Joan thanked Margot for all her hard work as Treasurer.
  • The Annual Report was presented by the outgoing secretary.  What an amazing year we have had!  We took part in so many activities, attended courses at Denman and went on walks , theatre trips to name a few!  What a busy WI.  The Annual Report was adopted unanimously.
  • The President’s Address.  Joan then read her report and gave her thanks to various members and the committee for their support in the past year and in particular thanks went to those members who were stepping down.  Joan then outlined possible plans for 2016.
  • The committee for 2016 was elected.
  • The appointment of the Independent Examiner was approved.
  • As explained by the secretary, it was the task of the committee to elect the President.  Only one nomination had been received, Joan Needham was proposed by Beryl Cox and seconded by Chris Frame and this was unanimously agreed.

Newsletter – Joan reminded members the Newsletter was a double issue for November/December and drew attention to the item on page 6 concerning the County Skittles Tournament in which Bredon would be participating.

Christmas Meeting – Members were reminded that wool donations were being sought for our Knit and Natterers.  The meal was being provided by Tilly’s of Tewkesbury.  It was proposed to have entertainment and Joan asked any member who would like to do a recitation to contact her.  Viv would accompany the singing of Christmas songs.

Presidents Reminders

  • Joan reminded members that volunteers were sought for 2016 Refreshment Stewardesses, members to give Votes of Thanks and provide flowers.
  • Joan advised members that each month at Committee meetings the subject of Welfare was always on the Agenda, and members might like to know that Rose Sommer had left the area and was now living on The Wirral. Sue Rowles was currently residing at Bushley, Tewkesbury Fields and Joan had sent a card. She had also sent a card to Sally Deacon who had recently undergone an operation and we were pleased to see Sally this evening. Also to welcome back Georgina and Joyce. Joan was also sad to advise members of the death of Mairwen Lloyd’s husband Tony.

Joan then introduced tonight’s speakers Jenny Miller and Irene Finlayson from the Cobalt Unit in Cheltenham. Before commencing their talk Dorothy and Aeona were pleased to present them with a cheque for £1900 raised in the Bredon area for the sale of greetings cards. The Cobalt ladies gave a fascinating talk on the foundation and work of the Cobalt unit. The vote of thanks was given by Joan Needham.