The President, Rachel Lloyd, welcomed the members and thanked the outgoing President, Pam Hudgell and the members of the old committee for all their work over the previous year. Shiplake WI had hosted the Group Meeting in April and Rachel expressed her thanks to all those who had made it such a successful meeting. The speaker had been Alistair Lack who gave a talk entitled ‘Oxford in Film from Morse to Harry Potter’.
Rachel highlighted some County news, including The Literary Lunches and the Science Lecture. Members were encouraged to take home their copy of the News and Views and contact Rosemary Appleby if they wanted to take part in any County event. Joyce Vernon announced the date of the next walk as Tuesday 17 June and the venue would be emailed to those interested. The next Ladies lunch will be at The Baskerville on Monday 9 June and all members were invited to come along.
Patterns were given out for knitting little tops and dresses for ‘fish and chips’ babies. The babies are called this as they are wrapped in newspaper when they leave hospital! It was decided that members would make a collection of these garments to send to Africa.
Some local news was announced – a carers’ coffee morning, the need for more flower arrangers to help at Shiplake Church and a Rosemary Club coffee morning. Pam Hudgell gave out information about two planned visits – one to Parmoor Hall in July and one to see a new Sherlock Holmes play at the Kenton.
The Resolution was then discussed. All members are encouraged to join the Organ Donor Register and to ensure that families know their wishes. Catherine Nicholson from the John Radcliffe and Rory Collier from the Royal Berks, both specialist nurses from the South Central Organ Donation Services Team were on hand to explain the procedures of organ donation and to help answer some of the ladies’ questions.
After the vote, which was unanimous, we had our usual excellent tea organised by Monica Salmon and Barbara Rowlett with the help of seven ladies from the Tea Rota.
The winner of the competition for the best item containing a wheel was Mavis Crouch with a model of a bell-ringing wheel. The best flowers were a pink rose brought in by Joyce Vernon and a lupin from Lynn Turnbull. The money raised from the voting goes to ACWW,
Next month’s speaker will be Nick Brazil talking about The World of Victorian Inventions. The competition will be for a favourite vase. We welcome visitors to our meetings, please just turn up or if you prefer ring 0118 940 3975 and Rachel Lloyd will be pleased to give you more information.