Thurs 28th February
Paperwork finalised with the Solicitors- at last!
Think we are almost ready to take the proposal to convert the Federation to CIO status at the Annual meeting on 18th March. The original Constitution has been re-drafted to record the changes which would be necessary if the vote for conversion goes ahead. I just love the name of our Solicitors – Wright Hassall – actually they have been really helpful but the name always makes me smile!

Tuesday 26th February
Blimey…… busy day or what!
Delighted to attend the Public Affairs meeting this morning – lots of business under way ….. everything from preparing for the Resolution Briefings
(extremely difficult to do when the result of the vote hasn’t been announced yet by NFWI) to planning for the Water Focus Day later in the year! All plans in place for Serious Science tonight and Sex and the Tudors on Friday!

Also great to talk to Susan Juned, who will be representing the Federation at the National Climate Change Conference on Saturday!

Then it was the Office and Finance Meeting, where we had a serious review of our current income and expenditure along with planning for the AFM on 18th March.

Finally the Digital Strategy Team met – a group drawn from all of the various Sub-Committees and trustees who have been masterminding the digital roll out across the Federation. WI Secretaries and Presidents are now able to access the monthly mailing on line via a password protected part of the Website. The next step will be a similar portal for Treasurers. Plans are moving on apace for the Digital Committee Workshop on July 23rd! Watch this space !

Monday 25th February
All Ready for the National Meeting in June!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to Warwick for the Delegates meeting tonight, but Christine, Vice Chair did and she reports that 20 of the 26 delegates were able to attend the briefing. It’s great to know that so many pf our members take the Resolution process so seriously and I am looking forward to spending time with our delegates in Bournemouth in early June!

Saturday 23rd February
The Concert to end all concerts…….


What a fabulous evening. What an honour to be able to welcome 300 Warwickshire WI members and guests to our fantastic concert. Not to mention the Mayor and his consort , Matt Weston M.P and his wife ……… as well as the lovely Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair and John, her husband . Those of you who were there will know what a bling-tastic event it was!
Sunny Ormonde, aka Lilian from The Archers did a fantastic job of compering the show – she was funny, outrageous and delightful – a true professional. Brilliant.
We started off with the wonderful Cubbington Silver Band – splendiferous sound throughout. The Peas followed- their unique sound took us all down memory lane – fantastic. Second City Sound were a great example of barbershop at its very best, the Sa Central girls had us all toe tapping throughout and then the final act- The Retros had us dancing in the aisles.
I am in total awe of the hardworking team of Trustees who made the concert happen. Absolutely brilliant…

Friday 22nd February
Back from France!
Well, we had weather which would have been considered good in May! Lovely time. Back to reality now! It’s the Gala Concert tomorrow and I am just checking names, details, spellings and pronunciation of the honoured guests and dignitaries. Don’t want to get it wrong! It’s looking fabulous and the Trustee team have worked really hard to pull it all together.
Read about two hundred assorted emails so far – hmmm the work piles up when you are away for a few days!

Thursday 14th February
Have I got it all sorted?
Rushed round a bit today – We are off to France for a few days field walking on The Somme. Many of you will know that I am very keen on this period of history. We will be re-visiting many of the sites which we took Federation members to a few years back as part of my work on the Public Affairs Committee. No doubt I will be tweeting my finds on my twitter feed so if you are interested then you can catch up with me via annebuftonmccoy on twitter.