The 2018 programme is now available – click here
The monthly meeting was held on Monday 25th July and the speaker was the lovely Margaret Trimby who, along with her husband, founded The Neema School ( Kenya ) Trust ten years ago. Neema School Kenya Trust website
This charity was set up to raise money to build a school with water ,electricity and sanitation for poor and orphaned children in Kikambala. They also collect books, clothing , shoes and toiletries to send out to the families.
The first 3 classrooms of the school building are now built, window frames and doors are now made, fitted and varnished and the classroom walls have been brightly painted. A well has been dug to serve the villagers as well as supply the water for the toilet block. The toilet block has been furnished with the toilets , showers and washbasins.
The first class opened 3/01/2012 and they now have 120 pupils who would not have received an education without the school.
If you would like to donate money to this charity, you can do so via text message
We also decided on an action for one of this year’s resolutions re. Preventing Food Waste NFWI 2016-annual-meeting-resolutions
We agreed to support the Hampers of Hope – there is a collection box in the community centre. Please bring your donations to each meeting:
The following items are acceptable:
There was a good turnout for the June meeting.
We had a great speaker Jo Peters who, along with her baker husband, owns 2 artisan bakeries in Bramhall and Poynton. We sampled some of the delicious breads and some amazing blueberry and white chocolate scones
We also held a tasting competition for entries to the Disley Show in the following categories – a selection of mini savoury tartlets and a celebratory birthday cake.
Maggie’s delicious tarts won everyone over and Elicia’s red velvet cake was sublime!
Mary T told us all about attending the National AGM in Brighton on 11 June 2016 as a link delegate.
Delegates voted to pass the two resolutions, which will both now form the basis of new NFWI campaigns.
Avoid food waste, address food poverty was passed with 82.7% of the vote. [Votes cast in favour: 5,146. Votes cast against: 1,080 ]
Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia was passed with 79.4% of the vote. [Votes cast in favour: 4,920. Votes cast against: 1,274]
There was no facility for abstentions which is the way that our WI, and many others, voted.
The May meeting in every WI is for debating and voting on the resolutions going before that year’s NFWI AGM
The resolutions this year are ‘Avoid food waste, address food poverty’ and ‘Appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia’
click here for more info on the 2016 resolutions
Our WI voted to abstain from both votes at the AGM for several reasons:
we felt the resolutions were for issues that already being addressed by many other campaigns and organisations
the resolutions were asking for voluntary agreement rather than making it compulsory
the wording of the resolutions was very ‘woolly’
we feel that WIs could be far more effective deciding amongst themselves about local campaigns and causes they could facilitate
the resolutions are a very old-fashioned process. Times have changed – causes/campaigns/issues are now able to get large scale public support and awareness through social media very quickly. Things move on so rapidly that, by the time the WI system has been followed, the world has moved on so either the problem has been resolved or is being solidly worked on before the WI even get to the end of the process
We are not alone in feeling this way! Many other WI’s, as in previous years, have also voted to abstain.
Sarah S, our fearless secretary, is going to write to the NFWI explaining why we have abstained