SNITTERFIELD WI

JUNE 2014 REPORT

On a lovely summer`s evening we were greeted by a village hall furnished by tables covered in lovely white cloths and vases of sweet smelling flowers. Our president ,Sylvia Morlidge, welcomed us with news of forthcoming events and also a report of the Annual General Meeting of NFWI at Leeds. Sylvia was our delegate to the meeting which, she reported, was a very interesting day. The resolution about organ transplants was carried by a substantial majority and the speakers for the day were interesting and amusing. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the WI and many events are being arranged. One of which is the Centenary baton which is being passed 2500 miles across the country from Anglesey through 69 Federations to Warwickshire where it will be received at the Lord Leicester Hospital on the30th September. The competition for the Lady Denman Cup in 2015 is an essay entitled “What my WI means to me”.

Delia Button was the speaker for the evening. Delia is a member of the Samaritans with which she has been involved for 10 years. The Samaritan organisation is a self supporting charity which functions 24 hours a day 365 days a year. They are there to listen to people in trouble whether suicidal, lonely, depressed or just having no one else to talk to. These days it is not only telephone calls but face to face interviews, emails, texting. There are 180,000 volunteers dealing with 5,ooo,ooo contacts a year. A samaritan`s task is to listen but never to give advice and a call can last from a few minutes to several hours. A Samaritan never knows the outcome of the call. The organisation began with a vicar called Chad Varah who, in the 1950s, started a telephone listening service by himself which quickly grew into the organisation it is today. The comment from a caller “ Samaritans are there when all your friends are asleep and you are alone in the world. When you`re full of thoughts you don`t understand, it`s good to get them out.”

The next meeting is July 9th when Glynis Gayton will talk about “Bread Making” New members are always welcome.