It seemed almost surreal today as , after four years as Chair this was my last one. We spent most of the time sorting and double checking plans for the AFM on 5th July. Its looking like a fabulous meeting. There are still tickets available on ticketsource, if you would like to join us.
I must say that the WFWI flower boxes outside the Office are a great greeting when you go in!
Sat 11 June
What a terrific Annual Meeting!
It was great to get together with so many Wi members from all over the country today. I was particularly proud to listen to our very own Jeryl Stone as NFWI Treasurer! She flew the flag for Warwickshire really well.
The Resolution debate was absolutely fascinating and the speakers were great!
Fri 10 June
Liverpool here we come….
Christine and I decided to travel up this afternoon- I would have had to get up at a very silly o’clock to be in Warwick for 6am. The traffic was terrible- a good ten mile queue on the M6 north so we stopped for a coffee! All was explained when we saw the gentleman on his mobility scooter coming towards us on the hard shoulder!!
Thurs 9 June
Ready for Board ????
Well, yes, I have done the agenda and got the paperwork together and sent it out! Meanwhile Cooper got himself locked in the greenhouse are- here he is looking very sorry for himself!
Tuesday 7 June
The lovely Katie has joined us as Federation Administrator! Happy days!
Monday 6 June
Spent most of today with Trustee Anita Dudley reviewing and tidying up all the policies and guidelines which the Federation holds. A lot of them are now freely available on the website for you to read! AND the first cucumbers are ready in the greenhouse… Hooray!
That a drop of rain will put you off. Our intrepid Jubilee BBQ Squad were determined the event would go ahead today! Amazing how you can decorate a machinery shed with a bit of bunting and have a great time!
Friday 3rd June
Fantastic Experience today!
Many of you will know that Ray’s Dad was a Rear Gunner in Lancaster Bombers during the Second World War. Only 18 and survived 34 missions. Anyway, as part of the Jubilee celebrations Atherstone had a Flypast by the only remaining Lancaster. What a tremendous moment!
Thursday 2nd June
Ready for the Jubilee.
In common with almost every WI member in Warwickshire I have spent most of the week getting ready for the Jubilee in our village! As we have seven windows in the church we decided to decorate each one for a different decade! It worked really well.
Tuesday 31st May
A busy day…
Lots of WI stuff done today , as I know the Jubilee is going to take up the rest of the week.
We are almost there with the appointment of two new part-time Administrators so watch out for more news shortly! I am still trying to keep on top of the emails and queries as well as manufacturing spreadsheets to record bookings for various things…..
Great Zoom tonight about Insurance and Risk assessments- not too many Wis there but those who came were very helpful! Thanks ladies.
My Dad is all ready for the Jubilee!
Saturday 28th May
Our Annual Garden Open Day…
Returned today after an enforced two year break. It was great to see friends old and new and we raised a considerable sum for the upkeep of the village church. Lots of support from Trustees and members of local WIs. Great fun!
Tuesday 24th May
Great to have a Live meeting today.
With Veronica and the Leisure Activities Team. Lots of fun planning a range of activities for later in the year!
AND… What an evening I had at the Anker Group Meeting in Nuneaton. The company was great, the jacket potatoes were enormous and the speaker, Charles Hanson was brilliant! I spent rather more than I was expecting to… but that’s another story!
Thursday 19th May
Every Thursday I write to all the WI secretaries with reminders and news from National BUT the third Thursday of the month is very different as it is MAILING DAY. This is the day I send out the digital mailing with details of all the events, flyers, posters and news for WIS. I also put all the relevant information on the website for the WI Secretaries to download.
It takes a bit of organising but I got it all done… PHEW!
Ray decided it was time to get the bunting out as well so there I was footing a ladder when I needed to be emailing…
Wednesday 18th May
William, The Royal Butler
Provided us with some fabulous entertainment at the Polesworth Group Meeting tonight. Everyone was all dressed up in the finery and pearls! A great night was had by all!
I needed a break as the Trustees had to have an on-line Board meeting to finalise the Accounts so that they can be sent out in the Mailing!
Tuesday 17th May
All systems are go for the Annual federation meeting on 5th July. We talked through the schedule, decided where to put everything and everyone as well as to hold a collection for Food Banks this time.
Sunday 15th May
Ready for the Board Meeting?
Checked the Minutes and agenda?Yep?
Got all the reports in?Nearly…
Sent the Zoom links out? Oops… sorry got to go folks!
Look what I found down the garden later!
Thursday 12th May
Got the weekly Thursday mailing out today and then enjoyed meeting with my own WI and neighbouring WI Austrey – we always share our Resolutions Briefing meeting which makes the debate much bigger and more fun! It was lovely to see everyone and then we had borrowed the Curling Set from Federation. Hilarious!
Wednesday 11th May
A group of Trustees visited Dallas Burston today to do the site planning for the AFM.
Looked everywhere but we couldn’t find Winnie! I reckon she was hiding in Long Itchington!!
It was hard trying to remember everything that we have to put in place to ensure that the meeting goes like clockwork!
Tuesday 10th May
What a day!
Board meeting to discuss our Investment Strategy, followed by a full scale revie3w of every policy which the Federation holds! Then a little drive down the County to visit the members of Kineton WI. It was really nice to see everyone face to face!
Thursday 5th May
Mailing day and it was also time to get all the Policies out to the Board for review next week. Thank goodness I had time leftover to get out in the garden!
Denman College has now been sold. I am very sorry but the pandemic made it inevitable. Well done to the NFWI Trustees for carrying out this difficult and not always popular task.
Here’s my own personal favourite picture from Denman.
Wednesday 27th April
Some great ideas coming up!
We have decided to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee at the Annual Federation Meeting by holding a special competition for the Lane Cup. Will you be making the “Cakes fit for a Queen” for your WI?
Monday 25th April
That will teach me to go on holiday.
Came down with Covid over the weekend!
Thursday 21st April
Digital Mailing Day today…
I just love the third Thursday of every month. We get the mailing onto the website for the individual WI officers to down load ready for their meetings. Its always a bit of a job to get everything in the right place, but I think we managed it! Phew!
Tuesday 19th April
What a brilliant few days…
We visited Floriade, Amsterdam and Keuenhof Gardens, travelling in fine style – all organised by a well known local Coach Company. Even had a free Easter Egg on Sunday!
Meanwhile back to reality, spent all day today at the Office preparing and parcelling up the postal mailing. My great thanks to Sue M, Sue P, Julia, Christine and Heather for all their hard work today!
Wednesday 13th April
Running around like a fool today…
Ray and I are off to Holland for a few days over Easter so I just needed to get a few things organised first… I cannot believe how much paperwork gets done in the course of a week!
Tuesday 12th April
Board Meeting on Zoom…
We planned to have the meeting on Zoom so that those of us who were off to do the Easter Flower Arranging could get there in plenty of time to set up for the afternoon. Best laid plans! Unfortunately the demonstrator came down with Covid so it was cancelled at the last minute! Still Board went ahead and we started finalising the Annual Meeting on 5th July as well as sorting a lot of events for later in the year.
Monday 11th April
Not my finest hour…
Julia and I spent a couple of fruitless hours at Federation House today trying to download the new postal rates to the Office franking machine. After a lot of bad (internal obviously) language we decided it would probably be quicker to queue up at the Post office with the mailing parcels for CNS next week!
On a brighter note I had a lovely evening with members of Kingsbury WI celebrating their birthday!
Well, nearly. Theres’s a bit more paperwork to go out yet but I’m on it as the kids would say!
Saturday 9th April
A Quick Fundraiser…
As the cost of feeding one dog has gone up significantly we decided to have a “Coffee and Cake with Cooper “this afternoon, to raise funds for the Rescue. We have had him a whole year now so this seemed like a good way to celebrate! The sun shone and a good time was had by all.
Thursday 7th April
Isn’t it lovely to go to your own WI with your friends…
We had a treat tonight when we visited our local Garden Centre at Newton Regis for a hanging basket demonstration. Brilliant!
Wednesday 6th April
Great evening with the West Warwicks Group tonight.
After a splendid supper provided by Norton Lindsey WI we were right royally entertained by author and laughter maker Ginny David.
Saturday 2nd April
Got the tickets out!
For the Easter Flower arranging workshop. I must say I am really looking forward to it. I’m going to have some proper flowers on the table at easter not my usual daffs in a jam jar! Well, that’s the plan anyway!!!
Friday 1st April
Hip Hip Hooray!
We have put the advert out ready to recruit a new Federation Administrator!
Thursday 31st March
The Brunel Trip Saga…
Well, no one knew that the M5 was going to be closed for ages due to an accident. Christine led a full coach to Bristol on this super trip today but unfortunately the delays cut the visit short! Never mind, these things happen!
Tuesday 29th March
Had a Day off from WI Stuff today.
What a lovely day- I was able to take Cooper in to see my Dad and the other residents at Bracebridge in Atherstone. Cooper absolutely loved all the fuss. My dad’s credibility has gone up at least 100%!!
Monday 28th March
Are you thinking what I am thinking?
Every night we are holding our own candleight vigil for the Ukraine. Vice Chair , Julia Baker has attended a planning meeting with the County Council where ideas for supporting refugees from the Ukraine conflict were discussed. Watch this space…
Friday 25th March
The Willow Weaving went really well today.
Thanks to Trish Handsley for organising this very popular event. DRAT! I can’t get the photo off Facebook. GRRRRRR…
Wednesday 23rd March
Another Live Federation Meeting….
It was a great honour to attend the Gloucestershire Annual Federation Meeting in Cheltenham today along with fellow Trustee, Christine Dyer. The guest of Honour was Her Royal Highness the Princess Anne. No photographs were allowed but she spoke exceedingly thoughtfully and very well!
Tuesday 22nd March
Great Evening at the Dassett Group Meeting tonight!
John Scott was a fabulous speaker and the ladies had a high old time with the impromptu Make it and model it session!
Sunday 20th March
Lots of paperwork today…
While we haven’t got an Administrator the Board are all doing extra work trying to keep on top of bookings and all the inner workings of the Federation as well as trying to keep our 96 WIs informed and up to date! OOOO and I won a fabulous woolly hat in the Dalmatian Rescue auction!
Saturday 19th March
Live Annual Meeting!
What a treat. I was delighted to represent Warwickshire Federation today, along with Vice Chair Sue Postlethwaite at the Leicestershire and Rutland Annual Federation Meeting. It was lovely to see lots of Wi members enjoying being together!
Its Newsletter and mailing day today. I seem to have been pulling things together all week to make sure that we have all of the right things on the website ( and in the right order!) I know exactly how Eric Morecambe felt when he did that famous skit on the piano with Andrew Preview!
Wednesday 16th March 2022
Lovely to see so many friends old and new at my WI Coffee morning today. One of the really important things about being in the WI is that splendid circle of friendship and support which never fails us! AND Ray has bought a new flag…
Tuesday 15th March
Membership and Pomotions Meeting
It was good to meet with the Advisers on Zoom this morning and see how membership is going across the county!
Saturday 12th March
It’s a right old WI Life?
Well, since I have been knitting ( not very well) blankets for prem babies over the Lockdowns I was fascinated to see the pattern for Where’s Winnie, the Corgi for the Platinum Jubilee, in WI Life Magazine… How hard can it be, I said but I tell you what… It still looks like a blanket to me!
Thursday 10th March
It was really interesting to meet up on line with Chairs from across the country this morning along with Ann Jones, NFWI Chair and other Trustees. Great session – informative and fun!
Wednesday 9th March
What a Charmer.
Over three hundred very excited members and friends joined us at Warwick Racecourse today for an absolutely fabulous afternoon with the legendary Anton du Beke. Witty, charming and patient to the very end. He must have had his photo taken with everyone who attended. What a lovely day!
Tuesday 8th March
What a Board meeting…
Lots of preparation for the introduction of anew ticketing system. Even more for Anton tomorrow and THEN we got onto planning the Annual Federation Meeting on July 5th. YES!!! It’s all systems go. At last!!
Saturday 5th March
Ready for: Board on Tuesday? YEP Anton on Wednesday? YEP Paperwork for WI officers on Thursday? NEARLY.
Friday 4th March
A touch of sadness.
I am so pleased that the Covid restrictions have been lifted. I went to the funeral of Christine Jones, former Colehill WI member and stalwart of the Coleshill Market. Christine was a very great friend to my late Mother and I was honoured to be at her send off.
Thursday 3rd March
To Show or not to Show
It was my own WI meeting tonight- and our biennial Show. Some fabulous entries for the decorated curtain ring class!!
Wednesday 2nd March
Admin or what!
Met with Sue Myhill, the Federation treasurer at the Office today. We ploughed through loads of work and ticketing for events. Our new motto is below!
Monday 28th February
Meetings and more meetings…
Quick Board Meeting on Zoom tonight.Even though I’m not a huge fan of Zoom, I must say it beats driving an hour to the Office and then an hour back for a half hour meeting!
The Board have some very exciting plans afoot regarding the way we ticket our events, and the reports from the preliminary trials went well.
Then it was onward and upward with another Zoom with the Delegates from across the county for NFWI Annual meeting in Liverpool in June! AND my Camelia is looking fabulous.
Sunday 27th February
Back in the Groove Now…
Lots of paperwork and preparation for the next couple of weeks getting under way. We are gradually getting the admin under control now – it’s more a case of knowing where to look in the files than searching randomly! Meanwhile Ray has started mowing the lawn!
Delighted with the news that every ticket for this event has been sold. Just waiting to see if anyone emails in a question for Anton
Friday 18th February
Off to France for a few days R&R so there won’t be a Blog…….. au revoir!
Thursday 17th February
Digital Mailing Day…
I was very relieved to have managed to get an individual email sent out to over 2600 Warwickshire members for whom we hold and email address today. I also managed to email all details of the digital mailing to all secretaries together with a copy of the individual member’s email for Secretaries to give to the members who wouldn’t have received it for themselves. PHEW!!!!
Tuesday 15th February
Did you show the love yesterday and today?
Did you wear your green heart? The Trustees certainly did! And did you send your postcard which was free with WI life to someone important as aa reminder? I certainly did!!
Members of the Membership and Promotions Team ( M&P) met today to discuss helping our WIs with promotions and recruitment.
Saturday 12th February
Trustee Christine Dyer received a certificate of appreciation from the NHS for her work as a volunteer during the Pandemic. I am sure many of our members received a similar commendation as I know so many of you have worked tirelessly throughout the Pandemic for our communities.
Friday 11th February
Well done, Anita.
Trustee Anita Dudley has organised a fabulous Zoom talk for March – How your wardrobe could save the Planet. Take a look at the website for full details !
Thursday 10th February
Another Warwickshire WI looking forward to their Centenary.
The members of Wootton Wawen WI are really looking forward to their Centenary celebration later this month! Congratulations, Ladies.
Tuesday 8th February
Live Board of Trustees meeting.
It really was great to see the Board get together in person today. We had masses of business to complete- including planning for the Annual Federation Meeting at Dallas Burston on July 5th. We approved a number of events for the future including a trip to Hay on Wye and a Golf Taster day. It feels like we might be working towards getting back to normal…. ( fingers crossed!)
Sunday 6th February
Congratulations Your Majesty.
It’s the start of the Queen’s platinum Jubilee celebrations today. We have all sorts of plans for the celebrations later in the year. Watch this space!!
Thursday 3rd February
At my own WI at Newton Regis tonight. We heard all about the history of the hatting industry in Atherstone. Totally fascinating talk.
Tuesday 1st February
First signs of spring…
The garden is starting to perk up a bit. Snowdrops form great drifts under the trees, the pansies are flowering boldly in the pots and tubs and the daffs are poking their heads up! Lovely!
Sunday 30th January
Just getting the office stuff under control…
The weekly Newsletter for Secretaries is going quite well and we seem to be getting all of the paperwork in. Just got to master the ticketing for Anton- which is really quite major.
Friday 28th January
To members of Hatton Park WI who re-planted the planters outside Federation House they look absolutely great!
Wednesday 26th January
Excitement at Federation House!
Trish , one of the Trustees was present when the replacement stairlift was fitted today. She had a great time practicing riding up and down!
Tuesday 25th January
Annual Meeting and a new WI!
What a day! We had a great Annual Meeting on Zoom this morning with Joel Ashton, rewilder extraordinaire as our guest speaker. We were delighted to welcome Jeryl Stone, National Treasurer and member of our very own Hampton Lucy and Charlecote WI to open the meeting. The business was all transacted efficiently and then we settled down to listen to Joel who was very helpful and informative!
Then in the evening I was delighted to attend the first meeting of Twin Rivers WI in Coleshill, which went extremely well too.
Monday 24th January
All prepared for the AFM?
Its been a busy old week with lots of paperwork and emails to get sorted ready for the AFM tomorrow. I think we are just about ready. Fingers crossed!
Tuesday 18th January
I have decided not to tell you all about the time I spend answering emails and general WI queries. Its quite a busy job and I am very grateful to Sue Myhill and the other Trustees for picking up some of the work. Sue is dealing with all the financial transactions so her life is very busy with all the ticket sales coming in.
Monday 17th January
Another great Zoom meeting…
Patricia Carswell was really interesting tonight and her account of her work was fascinating. Well done, Terry Barker for organising this for us.
Sunday 16th January
It’s that special time of year when the Seville Oranges arrive. Just love making marmalade!
To talk to so many dedicated and enthusiastic Officers from our WIs across the county this week. Really appreciate your support.
Thursday 13th January
Goodbye and thank you
To our Federation Administrator Sarah, who has worked very hard for the Federation for many years- we will all miss you!
Tuesday 11th January
Board of Trustees
Lots of work and sorting out went on today. We are all taking on a share o the extra work for the next couple of months so we made lots po plans. Also approved some really interesting events for the future. The Serious Science lectures : Climate Change and Artefacts of Invention look really interesting. There’s also Willow Weaving, Applique and a coach trip coming soon!
Sunday 9th January
Lots of preparations and meetings next week. We are all trying to ensure that the Federation continues to run as well as it can. We have a Board meeting on Tuesday and the first run of consultations with WI officers on Zoom. There are 16 meetings in all over the next three weeks ….. wish us luck!
Thursday 6th January
Ready for the Board meeting?
Almost … lots of paperwork done today and lots of work with Sarah , trying to make sure we all know how to do things for the future. Fabulous sunset on a proper winter’s afternoon!
Tuesday 4th January
Our first day back and the Trustees are all trying to come to terms with the loss of Sarah , our Federation Administrator, who has taken a new full time position elsewhere. This will mean some extra work and a time of flux whilst we try to recruit a replacement
Monday 3rd January
Happy New Year
I do hope that you all had a good Christmas and would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Lets hope that 2022 finally brings the end of the pandemic and that life will gradually begin to return to “ normal”.
Dead chuffed with my fabulous new orchid- it’s a Singulo- just one enormous flower.
Thursday 16th December Season’s Greetings…..
Well, I think we have just about got everything done before Sarah finishes for a well earned Christmas break.
Thank you all for your support through some really challenging circumstances over the last year or so and here’s to much better times in 2022.
Wednesday 15th December Cake and Coffee…. It was my WI’s monthly Coffee Morning today and the cake went down that quickly I didn’t manage the get a photo of the whole one!
Tuesday 14th December
I wasn’t able to attend the Creative Activities and Public Affairs meetings today due to family stuff but I understand from Sue Myhill and Julia that they both went very well. In the interim we have been checking out the accounts for last year prior to getting them out to the WIs for consultation…… happy days!
Monday 13th December Well done, Dosthill WI Super effort with the Gingerbread Trail in Dosthill Lots of hand made and crafted scenes throughout! Super. It was our Polesworth Group Carol Service tonight at Baddesley – lovely opportunity to play guess who is behind the mask!
Sunday 12th December Had a day off today! Went to see my dad this afternoon and then attended the village Carol Service – carols by candlelight in an ancient church…….. magical (even if we did have to wear masks throughout)
Saturday 11th December What a sunrise…. You’ll be thinking I am taking part in Fiddler on the Roof but there was one heck of a sunrise this morning!!
Friday 10th December What a sunset! Just had to get the camera out tonight – fabulous light!
Thursday 9th December ACWW Had to do my annual reminder on social media to all our members and friends that we still collect used postage stamps to raise funds for ACWW.
Wednesday 8th December What a treat! The lovely Sarah Casey has made me a very special bauble for my Christmas Tree- one to treasure and put up every year!
Tuesday 7th December A fun packed day! A live Board meeting this morning where we discussed all kind of strategy work for the future- very difficult when everyone is wearing Christmas jumpers and deeley boppers! ( can we use your pic here please?)
Then it was off to the church hall at Budbrooke for the Thank you Tea Party for our Committee members, Judges and Independent Financial examiners. ( all of whom, like the Trustees are volunteers.) Great to see everyone.
Monday 6th December Decorations are up! The tree is up and I have decorated round the house! Really pleased with Cooper’s Christmas stocking…. Not as we intend to spoil him or anything!
Sunday 5th December OOOOO! It’s Sunday and it’s Board on Tuesday! Blog done? Yep
Papers for Board meeting done? Almost……
Cake made for the Thank You tea for all those who support the Federation (sub-committees, IFEs, Judges and more) Yep!
Happy Days ? Yep
Saturday 4th December Christmas nearly sorted then! Spent today labelling and wrapping various preserves I have made over the year- all being sold to raise funds for my favourite charity The Dalmatian rescue who kindly allowed us to adopt the lovely Cooper!
Friday 3rd December Hollyberry Eve and a long lost video….. After I posted my home-made Christmas decorations on social media I had several requests for the recipe. I managed to find the video I made last year! Hooray!
It was Hollyberry Eve tonight- our traditional festive fundraiser for our parish. Lots of people being very silly entertained us all royally! Great fun!
Thursday 2nd December Worcester Victorian Market What a lovely trip we had today- two coaches full of our members from all over the county. It was bright and sunny in Worcester- if a little brisk! Once it got dark the lights and ambience was delightful. Huge thanks to Trustee Veronica Chapman for organising it!
Wednesday 1st December Tree is up! Made my favourite tree decorations today. Had to stop ray from pinching all the blackcurrant boiled sweets though!
Tuesday 30th November Coercive Violence What an interesting and thought provoking talk on Zoom tonight by Dr Emma Katz. It wasn’t the most comfortable of subjects to listen to but I am jolly glad I did.
Monday 29th November Cyber Safety…. Great Zoom this afternoon. Really helpful to be reminded of what to look out for when you are on-line. Honestly there are some really awful fraudsters about!
Sunday 28th November When Life gives you Lemons…. ( or in this case SNOW!) Make lemon curd!
Saturday 27th November Well! That’s it. I am going to take up knitting! I was soooo very impressed with the hand knitted Liver spotted Dalmatian I had ordered through my favourite charity for ray for Christmas! I am thinking of taking up knitting Lots of comments on social media advising me to lie down in a darkened room! .
Friday 26th November 16 days of Action #nomoreviolenceagainstwomen. Very proud to be taking part in this campaign.
Really looking forward to hosting our Zoom on Tuesday with the renowned speaker DR Emma Katz talking about making sense of coercive control. Do join us!
Thursday 25th November Save our Honey bees… Delighted with the tree in St Marys Church this year. Complete with knitted bees and hives. Most impressive. Well done everyone.
Wednesday 24th November Will I ever take up knitting? Looking at this lovely little knitted bee I very much doubt it! .
Tuesday 23rd November OOOO! Live Meetings It was great to see all the members of the Leisure Activities Committee this morning. They have organised a really exciting programme for next year.
Then the Trustees met to discuss the pilot NFWI training for Trustees which led to a very interesting afternoon all round!
AND what a great evening Advisers Lynne and Anita had in Coleshill where they were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown for re-starting Coleshill WI,. Brilliant! .
Monday 22nd November Gosh Membership and Promotions have been busy…. Had a good meeting on Zoom tonight discussing all the Annual Meetings which had been attended all over the Federation by our Advisers. It was heartening to hear how many of our WIs are doing well and that they are recruiting new members! Brilliant.
Sunday 21st November Ready for next week?
Prepared for M&P on Monday night?
Prepared for Leisure Activities meeting on Tuesday?
Prepared for Trustee Training on Tuesday? Almost…….
Sorted ready for the Judges Meeting on Friday morning? Not yet but I will be……
Finished this Blog? Just about….. and the flowering cherry in the garden is hanging onto the most beautiful set of leaves I have ever seen!
Saturday 20th November My Handmade Christmas Workshop – Sarah had done a splendid welcome to Federation House and I gather that the attendees all had a brilliant time, making all sorts of Christmassy stuff
Well done to the Creative Activities Team for putting on such a lovely afternoon.
Friday 19th November
After such a lovely sunrise this morning I just had to take a day off WI stuff!
Thursday 18th November Trustee Training We are very pleased to have been asked to take part in the new Training for Federation Trustees which will be rolled out next year by NFWI for all Trustees. The Officers met tonight to discuss how we would present the training on Tuesday!
Wednesday 17th November Coffee Morning! My own WI at Newton Regis have a monthly Coffee Morning which coincides with the visiting Post office at the village Hall. My Coffee and Walnut cake soon disappeared!
Tuesday 16th November Members News letter Sarah and I spent quite a bit of time working on the monthly Newsletter for our members. We love the fact that well over 60% of our members receive and open their newsletter every month!
Monday 15th November Climate Change That was a very interesting session on Zoom tonight set up by our very own Public Affairs Committee. It was great to hear how the Council in South Warwickshire are planning to tackle climate change. It was also very good to see so many of our Warwickshire WI Climate Ambassadors there. One on my pet ambitions is to have a Climate Ambassador for every WI in the county!
Sunday 14th November Final Lest We Forget Moment Loved this picture of Cooper proudly wearing his poppy!
Saturday 13th November World Kindness Day I couldn’t resist re-posting my photo of our Sanitary wear collection for our sisters from Afghanistan, celebrating the generosity of our Warwickshire members!
Friday 12th November Look Out Everyone…. Christmas is a Coming! Pickled the very last of the shallots today!
Thursday 11th November What a fab Poetry Morning. Another Zooming successful Morning with members from all over the county joining us to discuss Poems related to our chosen topic The Seasons. Some lovely choices. The Team all stopped at 11.00 for the Act of Remembrance too . Another fantastic Lest We Forget moment. .
Wednesday 10th November Post Board Meeting Frenzy of activity. Its always the same after a Board Meeting. Sarah and I are in constant contact firming up all the decisions made and getting everything ready to go out on the Newsletter and onto the website.
Lovely Lest We Forget artwork courtesy of All saints Primary, Coalville.
Tuesday 9th November Lovely Board Meeting Today. I know it’s not the same on Zoom but we still managed to get loads of planning and organisation sorted today!
My Lest We Forget moment was from a visit to The Somme in 2018 when we found the grave of a soldier who had died without knowing that he had a daughter born three months after his death. We had bought the Family Bible on EBay and were fascinated by his story.
Monday 8th November There was a lot of Lest We Forget going on today! Quick Officers Meeting today to make sure we were all sorted for the Board Meeting tomorrow! My Lest we Forget picture today is Ray’s favourite piece of garden art
Sunday 7th November Lest we Forget. This year I am going to try to post pictures for Remembrance through the week. In 2014 and 15 we were fortunate to be able to take a number of our Warwickshire WI members to The Somme. Unforgettable times so it seems appropriate to post. Today my picture is of poppies near Fortrose in Scotland.
Friday 5th November All ready for the Board Meeting on Tuesday ? Almost, just need to double check a few things. Sue has got the finance paperwork ready and all the reports are done.
Thursday 4th November Another brilliant idea coming up! We had a brilliant social time at Newton Regis WI tonight, after our Annual Meeting.
Sue, our Treasurer invented a “Good, Better, Best” taste test. We had to try three different types of cheese, yoghurt and orange juice and discern by taste which was good, better or best. The results were fascinating, as the cost/ branding didn’t always reflect our views of which were the best! Fascinating stuff!
Wednesday 3rd November Brilliant Promotion for Warwickshire WIs Trustees Sue, Sue and Ruth went to the NEC today to set up our promotional stand at the NEC. I think you will agree that they did us all proud! Well done!
Tuesday 2nd November Agenda for Board Meeting next week Its always a busy time for me and Sarah when we are preparing for the next Board Meeting – I wrestle with the Agenda whilst Sarah gathers all the supporting papers together. Did you know that you are more than welcome to attend one of our meetings as an observer and find out first hand what we do at the Federation? Just let us know if you would like to come along!
Monday 1st November O&F Meeting As always, our Office and Finance Meeting today focussed on money coming in to the Federation and money going out! We are going to have to try to revise our electricity supply contract shortly…. Wish us luck!
Sunday 31st October COP26. Inspired by Sue Gill and the ladies of Stockton WI I managed to get a few No More Loopholes bracelets made (not by me…. my craft skills are legendary in their non-existence.) My niece was fortunate to be attending this weekend and she took them with her to hand out to some very delighted recipients!
Saturday 30th October Indian Block Printing I was so very pleased to hear that this course was going ahead. It’s so disappointing when we have to cancel because we haven’t got enough participants to break even. Well done, Trish, for sorting this workshop out. Enjoyed by all.
Friday 29th October Dads Birthday today…. He was 91 today so I made some special cakes for him and all his friends!
Wednesday 27th October What a splendid Centenary. Many congratulations to Whitnash WI on reaching their Centenary. Had a splendid afternoon tea with them all.
Tuesday 26th October Brilliant meetings…. It was lovely to have face-to-face meetings with the members of the Public Affairs and Creative Activities Committees today. Really enjoyed seeing everyone- seems like ages since we met AND of course, it really is!
Monday 25th October Let’s Do London… What a fabulous day out! Really enjoyed seeing the Tower of London after a lovely boat trip down the River. The Crown Jewels were just fabulous!
Sunday 24th October Got to get myself organised……. Sarah is away this week on a well- deserved holiday so I will be manning the phone and trying to answer all sorts of queries.
We also have a bit of a busy week……
Ready for London tomorrow? Sort of….
Ready for Public Affairs and Creative activities Committees on Tuesday? Nearly ……..
Ready for Whitnash WI Centenary Party on Wednesday? You bet I am!
Saturday 23rd October Annual National Council Meeting. Part Two. Really enjoyed seeing and listening to fellow Warwickshire member, Jeryl Stone today. It makes you feel very proud to have the National Treasurer as one of your County members.
Friday 22nd October Annual National Council Meeting. Every year the Chairs and Treasurers from every Federation meet up with the NFWI Trustees to discuss all kinds of matters WI. This year the meeting took place on Zoom -not quite the same as meeting in person but very interesting all the same. It was good to hear from our new National Chair, Ann Jones.
Wednesday 20th October Harry’s Tree You may well remember we lost our beloved Dalmatian, Harry earlier this year. Ray has had a special sign made to mark the spot where his ashes are scattered in the garden- under the pear tree where he always picked and ate every one, every year! Delighted with the sign.
Tuesday 19th October M&P Meeting today. It was great to see the Advisers at a face-to-face meeting today. It’s Annual Meetings season so they have all been very busy attending meetings all over the county!
Monday 18th October Speakers Showcase It was great to see over a hundred members of Warwickshire WIs tonight at the Baptist Church in Leamington, really felt like we were getting back towards normality at last.
Sunday 17th October Ready for Let’s Do London! Just bought tickets for the Tower of London! I have been promising my friend Olwen that we would go one day! And we soon will courtesy of our Federation Day out to London! HAPPY DAYS !
Saturday 16th October
I might just have to take up knitting!
As you know we adopted our Dalmatian Cooper earlier this year from the wonderful DAS Dalmatians- Dave and Sue rescue Dalmatians and give them a chance of a better life and we all try to help with fundraising. Last week I bought a knitted Cooper keyring! Hilarious!
Thursday 14th October Announcing Anton! Well, I have had lots of calls , texts and comments on social media today.! As soon as the members newsletter arrived in inboxes, I swear I could feel the waves of excitement crossing the county!
Wednesday 13th October A day in the garden. Even though its October the garden is till looking really well. Don’t you just love a dahlia?!
Tuesday 12th October Blimey! Busy day all round…. First of all we had the on-line Board meeting which was interesting and fun as usual. We have THE most exciting plan to unleash later in the week!
Then later in the afternoon I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the Centenary Celebration for Great Alne and Kinwarton WI. Super evening!
Monday 11th October. Newsletter for members sorted… I really like the monthly Newsletter idea and getting the latest news straight to members in boxes! Sarah does a lot of work to make sure all the links work properly but I think it’s a great idea.
Sunday 10th October Check it out! Green house cleaned ? Yep!
Paperwork for Board done and sorted? Yep!
Blog sorted? Yep!
Friday 8th October Autumn is definitely coming now…. Cleaned out the greenhouse today ready to give it a good scrub over the weekend. This little chap was most indignant that I disturbed his home when I moved the growbags out!
Thursday 7th October Lovely WI meeting It was great to see my friends at Newton Regis WI tonight. Super flower arranging demonstration by Vicky Vernon, all based around the ballet. Lovely (
Wednesday 6th October Can’t wait for it to get really cold! Cooper has the smartest and warmest new winter jacket I have ever seen!
Tuesday 5th October Something Really Special….. A letter from Buckingham Palace! Thanking us all for our letter of condolence to Her Majesty following the death of Prince Phillip.
Monday 4th October Getting ready for the Board Meeting next week. Got the Agenda sorted with the lovely Sarah today. It’s hard trying to keep three to four months in front of everyone else but we do our best! Office and Finance Meeting went well today Sue M kept us all in order! ( can you put in a suitable pic please?)
Sunday 3rdOctober Ready? Get set… GO! Blog done? Yep.
Board Agenda sorted? Nearly
Prep for Officers and Finance Meeting ? More or less!
Saturday 2nd October The sloes are about ready…. Just need to get a bottle of gin!
Friday 1st October RANT…. RANT…. RANT…. Had my lovely walk with Cooper spoilt this morning by the sight of yet another sofa dumped on the lanes. Why cant they just go to the tip??
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