We’ve had some lovely thanks from many members after running the Julie Summers garden and tea event recently. The very professional cakes were all baked by our dynamic duo, Marilyn North and
Virginia Lawrence. They have been slaving over hot stoves for the WI since time immemorial, well quite a few years anyway. It was a hard slog for us all, I won’t bore you with the details, but we are all fluffing out feathers of pride now knowing you enjoyed it.
Just hosted an informal meeting (An Inter Fed Day)with many of our surrounding Federations. It’s goodto hear from our neighbours some of their thoughtsand ideas about how things are going. One thing for sure is that the WI is evolving rapidly and without leaving anyone behind we still have great kerb appeal for the modern woman. Our slogan – Inspiring Women – is great on all fronts... any ideas on this theme for tidying up our act – keep it polite girls – will be considered.
Of course, the best way to implement change is from within. Large hint, we are always on the lookout for committee members. If you even have the slightest itch or curiosity, let the office know, or me, and we can arrange for you to come as an observer. You wouldn’t believe the stuff we cover. I think it’s fascinating and very satisfying, perhaps you will too. No obligation, just come along and see, travel costs refunded, what more could anyone ask.
Moving on from that, we already have skeleton plans for our great Centenary Celebrations. Yes, in 2019 we will have reached 100 years old in Oxfordshire. Some of you will remember how we celebrated 90 and 95 years. Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! We are planning a year long series of extra special events – something for everyone, to participate from a chair, to participate on foot, to create your own masterpiece or family heirloom or just to watch, listen and marvel.
When we negotiated a big VAT refund – yes, H.M.Government changed their interpretation of
the rules, we spent a little, but saved a lot in anticipation of having a bumper year in 2019. We will therefore be offering experiences for all at prices as low as is viable, and, as always, not be spending your money recklessly.
You could be part of these plans if you were settled into a committee – no more nagging or we will have a job sorting out the queues of applicants!
We won’t just jump from 2017 to 2019 either, as usual, plans are well under way for 2018. Look out for a different style Annual Meeting at a new venue - NOT Oxford Town Hall this time. A totally revamped Christmas Songs, we are resting it for this year and it will resurface in a totally different format in Didcot Civic Hall, probably a quiz night, these always seem popular, another WI holiday and possibly a Celebrity Evening. Lots of other smaller events and trips in between. Remember there is so much more to the WI than your monthly meeting.
Comprehensive plans are already underway too for our Oxfordshire weekend at Denman. An opportunity to just listen and learn or use your creative skills, even more variety offered this time - see more details further on in this magazine - meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
Page updated 29th August 2017