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."