The 2019 shortlist of resolutions can be found here. More information and voting slips can be found in the November/December issue of WI Life.
We’ll be voting as individuals on which resolution we would like to see passed at the Annual Meeting in June at our January meeting, so please do have a look and try to remember to bring your voting slip. Spare forms will be available!
Welland Valley Group Carol Service
This year’s carol service will take place at St Michael and the Angels, Hallaton on 3rd December at 7.30pm. We have been allocated 15 places, so if you would like to come along to what is always a lovely start to the festive season, please sign up at next week’s meeting.
LBWI members Gayna, Rohini and Bridget, enjoyed a fantastic day out in the sun at Denman College.
In the words of Rohini:
“Gayna, Bridget and I had a wonderful day at Denman College. Besides learning about Everest conservatories we heard about Phil Vickery’s professional journey and then watched him demonstrate four gluten free dishes. We received a signed copy of his cook book and got a photo with him!”
Face Value: The Power of Portraits
The NFWI, in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery is offering members the chance to attend a day of lectures by the National Gallery’s experts on the history of the portrait.
The event is on Friday 30th November from 11am – 3.30pm at the National Gallery in London. Cost is £25 per person.
More information and the booking form can be found on the email sent to members on June 30th.
Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome
A special WI performance of Peter Pan at the Birmingham Hippodrome on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 is now on sale. If you click this link it will take you to the offer :
Just like the performance of the Nutcracker in London a couple of years back, this is open to all members and their friends/family. It’s not an LBWI social event, so if you’d like to go, please arrange to do so independently.
The cost is £40 per person including a seat, programme, ice cream and programme of activities:
“Doors open at 10am and the day will begin with a variety of exciting activities. Enjoy magic acts, comedy and arts and crafts, as well as specially created heritage talks, exhibitions, storytelling and behind-the-scenes tours. After a morning of excitement, take to your seat at 2pm for a special performance of Peter Pan.”
Please note some of the activities are pre-bookable in September after seats are booked. More info is on the link.
Mental Health Matters Resolution Passed
At the NFWI Annual Meeting in Cardiff on 6 June 2018 delegates voted to pass a resolution which seeks to tackle the stigma associated with mental health problems.
The ‘Mental Health Matters’ resolution, which will now form the basis of a new NFWI campaign, reads:
“Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.” Callow End WI, Worcestershire Federation
The resolution was passed with 98% of the vote.
Votes cast in favour: 5945 Votes cast against: 103
We would like to say a huge thank you to our minutes secretary Angela Farrow who travelled all the way to Cardiff to attend the meeting and cast our vote on behalf of Little Bowden WI, Great Bowden WI, Foxton and Gumley.
NFWI Resolution for 2018 – Mental Health Matters
From the shortlist of resolutions we were asked to vote on earlier in the year, Mental Health Matters was the one that WIs across the country voted to support.
The next step is for delegates at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff on June 8th to vote for or against the resolution. This year it’s Little Bowden WI’s turn to send a delegate to the AM and our minutes secretary Angela Farrow will be voting on behalf of us, Gumley, Great Bowden and Foxton WIs.
In order for Angela to be able to do this, we need to decide on whether we support the resolution which proposes that the WI campaigns by:
- Lobbying the government to provide better support for mental health problems
- Raising awareness of the fact that mental health matters as much as physical health.
More details on how we will do this at the May meeting will be available soon, however please take the time to read about the resolution.
Federation Events – Summer 2018
Leicestershire & Rutland Federation is celebrating its centenary in 2018! For more information on the following events, some of which are being arranged to celebrate this remarkable achievement, please see the noticeboard at our meetings, speak to the helpdesk or email us:
Mikron presents Revolting Women, Friday 8th June, Congregational Church Centre, 7.30pm-9.30pm, £12
The suffrage story through the eyes of a less well known Pankhurst – Sylvia, told through satire and song.
Blaston Show, Slawston, Sunday 24th June
As always, the federation show committee will be at the Blaston Show and are asking for volunteers both on the day itself and for setting up on Saturday June 23rd. A sign-up sheet will available at the April meeting and we would be most grateful for volunteers.
Leicestershire Round, Saturday 14th July – Monday 23rd July
To celebrate the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation centenary, Angela Blackmore will be walking the 100 mile route of the Leicestershire round. She hopes that members and their friends/families/dogs will join her along the way.
Federation 100th Birthday Party, Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, LE12 8TX, Sunday 19th August, 11am-4pm, £5
Again to celebrate our federation’s 100th year, there will be a friends and family day out with exhibitions, displays, entertainment and activities in the lovely setting of Beaumanor Hall.
ACM Competitions 2018
This year’s Leicestershire & Rutland Annual Council Meeting is being held at Hangar 42, Bruntingthorpe on Saturday 10th March. At LBWI we are proud of our great participation and winning track record with the cookery and craft competitions, so let’s have another great turnout this year!
This year’s competitions are as follows:
A 20cm traditional Simnel cake decorated for Easter on a cake board
3 hot cross buns on a plate
3 chocolate Easter egg nests on a plate – up to age 8
3 Easter biscuits on a plate – 8-15
A celebration card (no larger than A5, any medium)
Flower Competition – The Jose Smart Award
‘Celebrating our WI’ – pedestal arrangement.
We will provide information regarding the collection of entries nearer the time. Please so let us know if you are interested in entering the Jose Smart Award as we are only allowed one entry per WI in this category. More information regarding the rules and regulations of the competitions will be available on the noticeboard at our February meeting.
New Denman College Website
Denman in Oxfordshire is the WI’s centre for learning. It’s website has just had a revamp, so check it out to see the huge range of cookery, craft and lifestyle-related courses on offer there.
Request access here for access to the new WI website where you can find out about all things WI at a national level.
At our January meeting we will vote on five possible resolutions for 2018. Our votes will then be passed to Federation and ultimately the NFWI to be tallied. In April we will receive the briefings and wordings for the most popular resolution/s in time for us to vote for or against at our May meeting. The final vote on whether the resolutions are passed takes place at the Annual Meeting in June 2018. The five resolutions shortlisted are as follows:
1 Positive body image in a digital age
2 Stop female genital mutilation
3 Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK
4 Mental health matters
5 Healthier mouth, healthier body
The November issue of WI Life contains lots information on each issue, so please do take the time to have a read so you can decide on which resolution you would most like to see go forward to be campaigned on at a national level. You can also find out more here.