President, Carol Kinsey welcomed members also Christine Hickman Smith WI adviser to the May Annual and Resolutions Meeting. Jerusalem was sung and birthdays, anniversaries and kind thoughts were announced. Minutes were read and approved.
In her Annual Report Carol said that the WI had had another busy year. She outlined plans for the 50th birthday celebrations and service of thanksgiving to be held at Ipsley Church in June. Carol went on to thank all her committee for all the help and support throughout the year, mentioning Betty and Jill for the outings, Wendy for the programme and Rita and Judith Kind thoughts and social secretary work.
The secretary in her report said that again Ipsley had been busy making blankets and small garments and toys for the neo-natal unit at the women's hospital. Collecting toiletries for abused women and saving coins in Smartie tubes. Events enjoyed by members included the annual trip to London, curling matches, carol service at Ipsley Church and the recent River Trip last month. She went on to wish the Institute all the best in the Future.
The president handed over to Christine Hickman Smith who organised the voting for the president for the coming year. Carol Kinsey was voted in again for a further term of office.
Christine is a volunteer at Denman College and told us that courses are still well patronised but after the recent rewiring and modernising of the college which has taken a lot of money to complete, the bank balance is rather low. She has asked the institutes for some financial help as the college belongs to the members.
Joy Gammon then discussed the resolutions for this year. Food waste and appropriate care for dementia patients and carers when in hospital. Both resolutions were unanimously voted in favour of.
After the refreshment break, the raffle was drawn which raised £27.50.
Flower of month was won by Mavis Walthew. The winner of the competition for a crafted 50th birthday card was Gill Gallagher.
The treasurer handed out copies of the financial statement showing the income and expenditure for the year. Trading table and the raffle raising funds substantially. Financially a good year.
After a busy evening carol closed the meeting, thanking Christine and Joy and reminding members of the curling match on May 20.
The WI meet at Winyates Green Community Centre on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.