Our New Year started with a return to W.I. crafting roots when Deborah Burrow and Arlene Harrison showed members how to paint without paint brushes. It is surprising how much talent lies hidden in Nether Heyford W.I.
Contrary to popular belief, being a member of the W.I. really is not just about ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ or listening to talks given by visiting speakers. As anyone who watched the TV. series about the W.I. a few years ago will remember, the original ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ brigade was responsible for a great deal of amazing war effort. However, as a Nationwide Federation, the W.I. has to move and change with the times. Each year resolutions are put forward by W.I. branches and, from these, six are chosen at a short listing meeting of Federation Representatives. Every W.I. member has the opportunity to vote on the resolution that they would most like to go forward for further discussion at the Annual Meeting. Depending on the number of votes either one or two chosen resolutions then becomes the W.I. Campaign for the following year. This ensures that every campaign is dear to the hearts of our members. In 2017 we highlighted the ‘Plastic soup pollution’ and in 2018 it was ’Making time for mental health’.
Voting time is here and this year’s resolutions range from:-
1. Improving Plant Bio-security – calling for a certification scheme to assure the public that plants, soil and containers they buy have been screened and are infection free, thus ensuring the safety of our native trees and plants.
2. Planting and care of trees – to mitigate climate change, to improve air quality and to reduce erosion and flooding.
3. Call against the Decline in Local Bus Services – particularly in rural and semirural areas.
4. Suffering in Silence – why we have to end the taboo around menstrual health.
5. Pelvic Floor Education
6. Don’t Fear the Smear – encouraging women to look after their health.
As you can see, a real variety and not a single mention of Jam OR Jerusalem!! There is, however, a real opportunity to make a difference in the world about us.
Our meeting in February will be a look at the amazing career of the most popular crime novelist of all times as Steve Dimmer examines the writer’s life. Beginning with the creation of Hercule Poirot in 1920, through the Golden Age of detective fiction, the emergence of Miss Marple until Agatha Christie became the indisputable ‘Queen of Crime’.
Along the way we will be looking at the real-life mystery involving the novelist’s actual disappearance and perhaps trying to solve this intriguing puzzle. If, like me, you are a ‘who-dunnit’ fan this would appear too good to miss.
The meeting will be in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday, February 7th. The charge will be £5 for non-members and will include the usual W.I. refreshments. We would love to see you there.
Mary Rice – Heyford Lodge – 01327 340101