Our speaker for this month, Maureen Weaver, was unfortunately not able to come due to illness so Ann Farr had arranged a surprise for us -- more of which later.
First to items of business when we learned that County Home and Leisure are organising trips to the Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth Dockyard in June and to Oxford Castle in July. Meryl Rice reported on the campaign to save our bees. Last summer the NFWI joined forces with the Friends of the Earth to call on the Government to introduce a Bee Action Plan. The Environment Minister, Lord de Mauley, has committed to introduce a new action plan (the National Pollinater Strategy).

Ann arranged for us all to make an omiyage bag. This is a simple little material bag which is designed to be filled with sweets and given as a gift. This is Japanese inspired. We were presented with a pair of contrasting pieces of material about 6 inches square which, after a certain amount of concentrated sewing turned in to the said omiyage bag. We all made very valient efforts and even those amongst us who professed not to be sewers produced some very worthwhile results.

The next meeting is May 14th which is resolutions evening.The resolution is" The NFWI notes that 3 people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known to their family and friends, and members of their local communities to do like wise."