December Update

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Our members met on November 4th for a Fish and Chip Evening, courtesy of the Fish Shop at the Murch, Dinas Powys. There were 24 members present and we all enjoyed our meal, as well as a Word Quiz. Our President entertained us with the customs and foibles of eating in the 1950s.

We have a busy December ahead with a Christmas Party on the 3rd, followed by our annual Christmas Lunch at the Wenvoe Arms on the 8th and finally a Christmas Coffee Morning on the 15th.

We intend to commence the New Year on January 6th with a sale/auction of unwanted Christmas presents and other items.

Our WI meets on the first Thursday of the month in the Wenvoe Church Hall at 7.00pm and new members are very welcome.

On behalf of all our members, I send all readers and residents best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Janet Young ( President)

 



 

7th October Meeting

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7th October Meeting


Our meeting on 7th Oct was in the Church Hall, our usual venue. This was a ‘Poetry Please’ evening. Two further meetings are planned for this year :

4th November – Fish and Chips evening

2nd December – Christmas Party and a Christmas Lunch on 8th Dec in the Wenvoe Arms.

There is a full programme of year’s activities planned, to include a variety of speakers, a quiz night, and a ‘Bring and Buy’ night in January.

We will be delighted to welcome any new members as our meetings are relaxed and quite informal. As discernible from snippets of the proposed programme, we meet on the first Thursday of each month in the Church Hall.

 



 

September Meeting Notes

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Our meeting on 2nd September was a “Welcome Back” occasion after 18 months with no monthly meetings. Retiring President Madeleine welcomed everyone. A special welcome was given to our Advisor, Barbara Bowring (who is also the President of Barry Highlight WI), our new member Alexandra Griffiths and our visitor, Debbie Tanner.

Our member, Paula Johnson, recently received 2 highly commended certificates for her photos of Summer Holidays. Well done Paula!!

The meeting commenced with a minute’s silence during which our thoughts turned to Margaret and Gloria who sadly passed away in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Margaret was our Vice President, a former President, a former Treasurer and our only founder member. Although Gloria was unable to rejoin us this year we shall remember them both with great fondness.

Members were delighted to see Avril present and now well on the road to recovery. We were pleased to learn that Pam Cockerill has now had her second cataract operation and we are looking forward to welcoming her back soon.

The Officers for 2021-2022 were elected and are:-

President – Mrs Janet Young, Vice-President – Mrs Madeleine Rees, Secretary – Mrs Pam Ewington , Treasurer – Mrs Debbie David. Committee Members are Mrs June Davis and Mrs Jean Woodman and also Mrs Pam Weavers who was welcomed “aboard” as a new committee member.

At this meeting Madeleine was stepping down after being our President for many years. On behalf of all members our Secretary, Pam, presented Madeleine with a lovely shoulder bag, a generous Marks and Spencer voucher and a poem, created by Pam herself, along with a Thank You card. She was delighted but totally shocked and overwhelmed by the kindness shown to her. Members were thanked for all the support they had given Madeleine over the years and for their continuous hard work, which was all greatly appreciated.

It was time to hand over to our new President, Janet Young. Janet was thanked for kindly agreeing to be our President and was welcomed into her new role.

The programme for 2021-2022 was discussed and members welcomed the opportunity to add their names to the “Poetry Please” list for the next meeting on Thursday, 7th October at 7pm. Members will be informed of the location of our next meeting but hopefully we will be back in the Church Hall. We are looking forward to hearing members favourite poems and we will also be taking orders for our Fish and Chip Supper in November.

We are extremely grateful to Jenny and Digby, of the Wenvoe Arms, for allowing us to use “The Barn” for our September meeting and would like to express our thanks for their kindness.

 



 

It’s Good To Talk.

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Hopefully all members are staying safe and well, whilst enjoying the summer weather.

We are still hoping it won’t be too long before we can resume our monthly meetings, but until then members have been enjoying several social gatherings in the Wenvoe Arms garden. Another date is planned for some time in August so we hope the weather will continue to be kind on our chosen date.

In the July/August edition of WI Life we were introduced to our new National Federation Chair Anne Jones. Retiring Chair Lynne Stubbings delivered a landmark speech at the historic Annual Meeting on 8th June, with guest speakers HRH the Countess of Wessex, Dame Cressida Dick and Baroness Hale. They all gave uplifting talks which contributed towards the overwhelming success of the meeting.

The magazine also included various interesting articles such as the Federation of Wales Conference, All Hands On Deck, Meet the Toad Patrol and the story of a former ballerina who has now turned to sewing.

Recently our thoughts and prayers have been with our Secretary, Pam and her family, as Pam sadly lost her brother at the end of June.

We are still looking forward to seeing any photographs members have of “Sunflowers in Bloom”. They will be most welcome for our ongoing scrapbook and for our contribution towards the WI archives.

If you are celebrating a birthday in August please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

We would like to extend many congratulations to our member Avril and her husband Jeff on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the end of August.

If you know of any member celebrating a special occasion or special birthday please let Madeleine (20593212) or Pam (20592621) know.

Until we meet again stay well, stay safe and stay in touch – it’s good to talk.

 



 

Sad Month for Our WI

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Hopefully, all members and their families and friends are still safe and well. Just as June 2020 was a sad month for our WI so June 2021 also brought us sadness, with the passing of our dear friend Gloria. Although Gloria had not re-joined us this year, we have fond memories of the times she spent with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all Gloria’s family and friends.

At the moment there are no definite plans for our monthly meetings to begin. However, some members enjoyed an outdoor social gathering in the Wenvoe Arms Garden on Tuesday 15th June. It was so good to catch up with each other face to face, especially as some members were meeting for the first time in many months. We were all sorry to learn of Sue Webley’s recent ill health, but we were delighted to see her well enough to join us.

If you are celebrating a birthday in July, please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

We are planning to arrange for members to come together again in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, stay well, stay safe and stay in touch

 



 

A Highly Commended Certificate

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Hopefully all members, their families and friends are remaining safe and well.


We were all delighted to learn that Paula Johnson received a highly commended certificate for her photograph of “New Life” in the WI Spring Virtual Show. Paula is one of our newer members and we would like to extend many congratulations to her – it was lovely to see the photograph of the duck with its duckling in the Glamorgan Federation Newsletter.

This year Lynne Stubbings is stepping down as NFWI Chair. We were able to share her experiences over the last four years as soon as we opened the May and June ‘21 copy of WI Life. Her proudest moment was when she represented the WI in the Remembrance Parade in 2018. (Clearly a very special honour as to date this is the only time the WI has been invited to take part.) During her time in office Lynne has attended many events and functions. Even our very own Glamorgan Federation got a mention, as she had seen the Centenary of World War I Exhibition at Margam Abbey, produced by Cwm Brombil WI. The person replacing Lynne is to be announced at the Annual Meeting on June 8th – virtual of course due to the current situation.

May10th to May16th was Mental Health Awareness Week. The most recent edition of WI Life was referred to as “The Mental Wellbeing Issue”. It had many pages of help, hope and inspiration – especially the pages devoted to the various WI members who told their stories.

As we step into June our thoughts turn to our dear friend Margaret, who passed away suddenly on June 9th 2020. The gavel is ready for the next meeting and so Margaret will always be with us.

If you are celebrating a birthday in June please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

We are all looking forward to the time when we can come together for our monthly meetings and enjoy our WI membership for many years to come. Hopefully that special day is not too far away. In the meantime stay well, stay safe and stay in touch.

 



 

Searching Desperately for a Treasurer

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Hopefully all members, their families and friends are safe and well. May is the time of the year when we would normally hold our Annual Meeting.

It is really important that members are aware that we are still searching desperately for a Treasurer to re-place Jayne so that we can move forward and save our WI. If you feel you could fill this position Madeleine would be DELIGHTED to hear from you (02920593212). Please remember that lots of help and support will always be available.

A big thank you is extended to all members who have re-joined us. A receipt will be forwarded at a later date.

May is also “Resolutions Month”. However due to the current situation a different plan is in place regarding the voting system. WIs have until 9th July to cast their vote so members still have a considerable amount of time to decide how they want to vote. All details regarding the Resolution, which is “A Call to Increase Awareness of the Subtle Signs of Ovarian Cancer” can be found on page 17 of the April 2021 edition of WI Life.

Another special article in the same magazine is the story of four members from Peterston WI working at a vaccination centre. It was very interesting to read about Nurse Sharon Chapman’s appearance in the media both here and in the United States.

Hopefully by now our sunflower seeds have had some warmth to help them on their way. We are all curious to see who can grow the tallest sunflower and we are looking forward to seeing photographs of “Sunflowers in Bloom”.

As soon as we are able to meet up again members will be notified straight away – we are all looking forward to that special time.

If you are celebrating a birthday in May please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

Members are still staying in touch in various ways and hoping it won’t be too long before we can have a social gathering. In the meantime –stay well and stay safe – stay in touch.

 



 

Challenging Times Ahead

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We Could Never Have Imagined The Challenging Times Ahead Of Us

This time last year we could never have imagined the challenging times ahead of us – times that were going to cause great stress and great sadness for many people. We hope all our members, their families and their friends are keeping well and staying safe.

By the time this article is printed members will have received their Easter wishes and packet of “bee friendly” sunflower seeds. The flowers will remind us of our dear friend, Margaret, who brought a ray of sunshine to our WI with her welcoming smile and warm greeting.

Our link with each other remains ongoing via our telephone calls, e-mails, Glamorgan monthly newsletter and the WI Life magazine. No doubt members were very moved by the “Tales from the front line” featured in the recent edition of WI Life. The “Star Letter” in the same magazine was very uplifting, as it featured the President, Vice President and Secretary of Bricket Wood WI (Hertfordshire Federation) being involved with giving the vaccine to the staff of Watford General Hospital.

As soon as we are given the go-ahead for meetings to resume members will be notified straight away. In the meantime we are all looking forward to the time when we can be together again. Until then, think of happier, brighter, healthier, safer times in the days ahead.

If you are celebrating a birthday in April please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

Until we meet again please remember – stay in touch, stay well and keep safe

 



 

Fresh Hope From the Vaccine

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Fresh Hope From the Vaccine

We hope that all members, their families and friends, are remaining safe and well. Recently Maureen Sweeney’s son passed away very suddenly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maureen and her family. We send our deepest sympathy to all of them at this very difficult time.

It has been a long, dreary winter. The pandemic has caused:-

Pain, Anxiety, Nightmares, Death, Emotion, Misery, Isolation, Challenges,

along with much sadness in many homes. However, there is fresh hope in the form of the vaccine. HOPE – such a small word that can mean so much! We are all hoping for healthier, happier, hugging days to come.

No doubt members have enjoyed reading the “Stories of Hope” featured in the latest edition of WI Life. We hope it won’t be too long before we are able to meet up and be together again. It will be such a special time – it will also be a time when we can remember our dear friend Margaret in the usual manner, when we have lost a member.

Many thanks to all members who voted for their choice of resolution. The result will be given in a future edition of “What’s On”.

If you are celebrating a birthday in March please accept our warmest wishes for that special day.

In the meantime stay well, stay safe, stay positive and stay connected.

 

 



 

What A Difference A Year Makes!

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What A Difference A Year Makes!


Hopefully our members, their families and friends, are staying safe and well.

What a difference a year makes! This time last year we had an interesting, varied programme planned. We were all looking forward to our Summer After-noon Tea – the event when we would be raising money for “Dogs for Good”. (A Charity that sup-ports disabled people and their families.) However, “Some Day We’ll Be Together” (the title of that well known song from the 1960’s).

In fact several song titles come to mind when we stop and think about the current situation. There has been much “Tossing and Turning”, along with “Wishing and Hoping”. Many families are facing severe heartache and grief. “In thoughts of you” springs to mind as we feel deeply for them. Our self-less NHS workers certainly deserve the titles “You’re Amazing”, “You’re Special” and “Thank You”. As Vera Lynn sang so proudly “We’ll Meet Again”. When we are able to meet up we shall un-doubtedly be “Happy Together”.

As soon as we are given the go-ahead to resume our monthly meetings members will be contacted straight away.

If you are celebrating a birthday in February please accept our warmest wishes.

In the meantime always remember “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Number 1 hit from 1963 sung by the recently deceased Gerry Marsden).

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