Annual General Meeting


Annual General Meeting.

Wenvoe WI met this month as usual, and our meeting on this occasion was our Annual General meeting, held with a Glamorgan Federation advisor – Ms Viv Hayes – present.

Both our Secretary and Treasurer gave their annual reports which were accepted by the members present. This was followed by the President’s address, during which thanks were expressed to the following for their kindness and services rendered: Jennie and Digby at The Wenvoe Arms for their support and allowing us to use their outdoor premise during the Covid restrictions; to the Church of Wales and Mrs Carol Wyllie for the use of the Church Hall.

A new Committee for 2022-2023 was adopted:

President – Mrs Janet Young.

Deputy President – Mrs Madeleine Rees.

Treasurer – Mrs Debbie David

Secretaries – Mrs Pam Ewington and Mrs Diane Pate

Other Committee members – Mrs Pat Weavers, Mrs Jean Woodman, Mrs Alex Griffiths and Mrs Paula Johnston.

Our next meeting on June 2nd will be our Jubilee Party when members will wear their ‘Jubilee hats’. This will take place at the earlier time of 6.00pm in order to facilitate members who wish to join in with the village walk to the Lighting of the Beacon.

New members are always most welcome.

Janet Young (President



The Enigma Of The Eleventh Child


Wenvoe WI met as usual on 5th April at 7pm in the Church Hall.

Once again, the Wenvoe WI gathered in the Church Hall for their monthly meeting on 5th April at 7pm. The Speaker for that occasion was their president who spoke about the enigma of the eleventh child born to Richard Duke of York and was destined to become King Richard III of England in 1483. Portrayed as a Machiavellian tyrant by William Shakespeare in his play ‘Richard III’, and having ruled for just two years, Richard was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by Henry Tudor, heralding the commencement of the Tudor era. As Lord Protector of the Realm, Richard did much good for the poor of the land, upholding their rights against the greedy and wealthy Barons, by establishing a Court of Requests. Also, Richard founded the Kings and Queens colleges at Cambridge.

We were pleased to welcome several new potential members to our gathering, and the next WI meeting is scheduled for Thursday 5th May in the Church Hall at 7pm, which will be an Annual General Meeting, to be presided over by Caroline Davies, from the Glamorgan Federation Board of the WI.

Janet Young ( President)



Life As An Edwardian Maid


Wenvoe WI met as usual on 3rd March at 7pm in the Church Hall.

On that occasion we were entertained by Debra John from Swansea who, having donned the apron and cap, regaled us with an amusing account of ‘life as an Edwardian Maid’. Her talk spanned from her duties throughout a normal day which began at five in the morning, to her evident disgust at the indolence of Footmen and the disruption caused by having the new-fangled ‘electricity’ installed in the Manor House.

Next month the WI will meet on 7th April, when the subject for the evening is King Richard III.

A warm welcome is ensured to all visitors.

Jan Young (President).



Women’s Institute Back In Action



We’re back!

At last, Wenvoe WI members were able to meet as normal in the Church Hall on Thursday Feb 3rd. Many thanks to Carol Wylie for her prompt action and advice.
It was a well-attended occasion, and we held our ‘rummage’ / unwanted Christmas presents sale. One member even brought a ‘simulated’ fur coat along and it was duly auctioned!
On Valentine,s Day afternoon, an informal meeting was held for members in the Wenvoe Arms, and we would like to express our thanks to Jenny and the staff for their welcome and willingness to provide us with a venue during the pandemic.
Our next meeting is on March 3rd, at 7pm in the Church hall, when Debra John from Swansea will address us as ‘an Edwardian maid’, describing the duties and difficulties of such a task.
All new members are ensured of a warm welcome.
Janet Young ( President)



December Update



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


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



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.



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



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



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