SNITTERFIELD WI FEBRUARY MEETING
In the absence of Sylvia Morlidge our new President, Judith
Walker our ex President took the chair. The turnout was smaller
than usual probably because of the wet and windy weather.Judith
reported that at the recent meeting of the village fete committee
it was decided that WI would make some old fashioned type sweets
to carry on the theme of this year`s fete which is to be about
memories of World Wars 1 and 2. The committee have also suggested
that we have a monthly outing as well as the regular meeting.
Amongst the suggested outings are a visit to Evesham cinema
with a meal, High tea at the Avoncroft museum and a game of
croquet with a meal.
Lindsay Rushton then introduced the speaker Nicola Matthews.
Nicola is one of our own members who is a nurse and also a counsellor
for BPAS. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service deals with
abortion problems and family planning. Nicola is a qualified
nurse with five children of her own. She outlined the nature
of her work with BPAS and explained that part of her job was
to counsell women thinking about terminating a pregnancy and
also to give appropriate family planning advise.
Nicola outlined the history of birth control which can be traced
back to ancient times when many methods were used not necessarily
very successfully nor hygeinically! Almost 100 years ago Marie
Stopes set up a birth control clinic run by midwives and doctors.
She also wrote a book called "Married Love" which
was an innovation in its day and immediately sold 2000 copies.
She subsequently set up the family planning association. Until
1967 abortion was illegal so many women had "back street"
abortions often resulting in serious injury and death. After
the act women were able to have legal abortions . Pro-life groups
still have strong objections to abortion.
The latest and most effective birth control is a small devise
which is implanted in the arm and will last for 3 years but
can be removed at any time. Many men have a vasectomy.
The next meeting is March 12th when Rachel Higgins will talk
about Metal Sculpture. New members are always welcome.