Women with Altitude – 100 years of the Pinnacle Club

We enjoyed a riveting presentation from Val and Meena about their hair-raising experiences of mountaineering and rock climbing, both in the UK as well as the Alps and the Himalayas. There was also a video of audio stories illustrating how things have changed over the last 100 years – we learned that 100 years ago women had to climb in long skirts (but usually hid their skirts behind a boulder as soon as they were out of sight!)

Check out the Pinnacle Club centenary website for more details: https://www.pc100.org/

NFWI Resolutions – and Bingo!!

At our January meeting we had a good discussion on the WI 2022 Resolutions and then took a vote (vote still open to members until Tuesday 18th January – contact Frances for further details)

  • Fit for Purpose – Fit for Girls
  • Appropriate Sentencing of Non-Violent Women Offenders
  • Equality in Law for the Menopause
  • Women and Girls with ASD and ADHD Under-Identified, Under-Diagnosed and Under-Supported
  • Tackling Digital Exclusion

More details on the resolutions can be found on the National Federation of WI’s website here

We then enjoyed a friendly, if rather competitive, game of Bingo with Caroline proving that she missed her vocation as a Bingo caller. Plans are now afoot for a visit to a Bingo Hall!

Party time!

Many thanks to Frances for hosting the annual party – a good time was had by all! Lots of lovely food and drink and party games. Congratulations to Lizzie for winning the Christmas-themed mask competition – a worthy winnner!

Annual meeting and quiz

The first part of the meeting was the Annual Meeting when Angela was unanimously re-elected as President and the Committee was elected. Members thanked Ilona, who had stepped down from the Committee, for her enormous contribution over the years. The President and Treasurer gave their reports on the last year (copies of the report are available in the Noticeboard section of the website) which were received to acclaim.

We then moved on to a quiz, devised by Denise, which covered a range of topics and got everyone racking their brains. In the end the result was very close, but Team 2 won by a whisker. A very enjoyable evening all round.

Modern Day Slavery

John Simon, Secretary of the global Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, gave a thought provoking talk about Modern Day Slavery which is one of the issues that Women’s Institute is currently highlighting in its campaigning work.

See below for the powerpoint presentation that John gave, along with useful advice on what to do if you have concerns that someone might be at risk of modern day slavery and a list of useful apps.

Iconic 60s Dance Party Moves

We learnt how to dance the Twist, Locomotion, Watusi, Jerk and Pony.

Here’s the list of music:

The Twist – Chubby Checker
Locomotion – Little Eva
The Wah-Watusi – The Orlons
The Jerk – Larks
Pony Time – Chubby Checker

Walking Tour: Putting on the Ritz

For our monthly meeting we had a tour of Piccadilly and St James called “Putting on the Ritz”, given by Tina, a blue badge guide. We heard about various characters from the worlds of high society and finance as well as quacks and dandies who lived in the area over the last couple of centuries.  Everyone enjoyed the tour and some of us went on for a drink before heading home.