January 2020

The long, long month of January is thankfully over. The days are getting longer with clumps of snowdrops and even some crocuses making an appearance heralding the start of spring.

Whatsapp continues to be a boon in the pandemic enabling several of our members to meet up on a 1:1 basis in local parks for a walk and a chat.  

We have also started drop-in and chat zoom sessions on Mondays at 4pm which are proving popular.  We had a theme for one session of sharing earrings from our travels with many people sharing interesting and funny stories about how they chose their jewellery.

There was an interesting discussion about the US Presidential inauguration as it was on the same day.  

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart was our book of the month.  This provided a good discussion with those of us who read it finding it well written, although gritty and definitely not a bed-time read.

Along with many WIs around the country we discussed and voted on the resolutions at our January meeting.  This is part of the annual process which culminates in members voting to adopt a resolution which may form a national campaign if adopted.  The resolution to ‘Stop women dying prematurely from coronary heart disease (CHD)’ gained most votes from our WI.  The committee will discuss how we can support this resolution over the coming year.  

https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns/resolutions

Written by Angela

December 2020

What a year!  We started our Christmas celebrations with two festive craft sessions to make pomanders and wreaths.   Our Christmas Party as so much of the year was via Zoom, livened up with a very imaginative display of Christmas hats and a really fun online version of the Countdown game enjoyed by all.

We continued our weekly zoom meetings with Craft and Book clubs, where most people liked Hilary Mantel’s  memoir ‘Giving up the Ghost’.  Our drop-in and chat session just before Christmas proved popular with everyone sharing stories of last minute changes to their Christmas plans.

Outdoors, we managed a couple of socially distanced walks in Queen’s and Gladstone Parks and a game of doubles tennis before the Tier 4 restrictions came into force.

And last but certainly not least we were all very happy to see our newest member, Chloe looking gorgeous in her little elf costume on Christmas Day.

Written by Angela