February 2018 Meeting

Warkworth WI Meeting February 6th 2018

Our president, Serena Coulter welcomed 26 members and 1 visitor to our meeting on a very cold February evening.  We sang Jerusalem. Judy Townshend read the record of the last meeting held on January 9th and it was signed. Photographs from the January meeting are available to view on our website.    Serena, in her president’s remarks told the members of the results of our voting in January on this year’s proposed resolutions and that all our votes had been sent to Cresswell House where they will be compiled with the votes from the other Northumberland WIs.

The next meeting would be on March 6th and Maureen Stephenson from U3A will be our speaker. The competition will be An Original Poem.

Judy Townshend read out the correspondence: invitations to Shilbottle and Widdrington Stn/Stobswood quiz nights; invitation to Cheswick WI gin tasting; visit to Liverpool for Terracotta Army Exhibition; visit to Georgian Theatre, Ripon; visit to Mining Institute; Annual Bowls Compn; Food and Flowers; Lady Denman Cup details; In the Spotlight – Ruth Baldasera; North’d Fed programme of events 2018.

The book group would meet on the 16th Feb, venue to be confirmed. The craft group to meet on Feb 20th at 2 pm in the supper room. The bowls group meet every Thursday at 10 am and more members are needed. Members announcements: Ann Cashmore will hold a Fairtrade Afternoon Tea on March 24th, 2.30 at 2, Heather Grove. British Legion to hold fundraising event on Aug 25th. We will help and decorate Hall with poppies.

The business meeting over, Serena introduced the themes of our members’ meeting: 1) remembering and celebrating the last 100 years since (some) women were allowed to vote and 2) making poppies for the Armistice in November. Serena reminded us that this day was the exact commemoration of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, 1918.

Members of the committee spoke about various aspects of the suffragette movement. Serena told us about the Representation of the People Act 1918 when women over 30 who had property could vote and how the WI had perhaps formed as a result of ordinary women feeling inspired. She highlighted the fact that WI resolutions had influenced society and the ruling parties. Elaine Davies spoke of her grandmother’s godmother, Floss who was a suffragette. She was imprisoned for throwing a flat iron through a window of a building in which Asquith was speaking. She went on hunger strike in prison.                                              It was agreed that while a lot had been accomplished since 1918, there was still more to be done before women would be truly equal.

Marion told us about the poppy-making. Knitting/crochet kits with patterns were put on tables together with red paper and everything needed to make a variety of poppies. A lot of chattering and busyness ensued while tea, coffee and Pat Dodd’s delicious cakes were served.

The raffle was drawn. Pat Dodd won the competition (‘how many items on the hanging can you write down in 3 minutes?’) and Helen Wilson came second. The birthday flowers were won by Elaine Davies.

We had proved that although speakers play a large part in our WI programme it is also enjoyable to simply be with friends, make new friends and having a good chat over a cup of tea!