Walker, our President, thanked everyone involved in producing
the Big Breakfast on the morning of the Royal Wedding. Well
over 100 breakfasts were cooked by the WI team! Together with
the new Big Screen on which the TV pictures came through loud
and clear, it made for an altogether wonderful occasion.
Future events are the supper party on the 24th June at Joyce
Norman's house and a "Summer Pudding", an entertainment
produced by Pauline Brace and some friends from the RSC, in
the church on the 25th June. This latter event is in aid of
the church restoration fund.
May's meeting was the evening to discuss this year's resolutions.
The first resolution; "This meeting abhors the practice
of factory farming particularly large animals such as pigs and
cows and urges H.M. Government to ensure planning permission
is not granted for such projects"
A very interesting debate with strong arguments both for and
For the resolution; the impact on small farmers, unacceptable
impact on the environment and large scale units are unnatural.
Against the resolution; Greater monitoring of the welfare of
animals, planning is a devolved issue and large dairy farms
could ensure food supplies for a growing population in the future.
Also, Defra has commissioned a 3 year study into housing cattle
all year round, the results of which are not yet known.
The motion was carried by a majority with one abstention and
The second resolution; "This meeting urges H.M. Government
to maintain support for local libraries, as an essential local
educational and information resource."
The meeting was wholeheartedly in support of this one.
Warwickshire has to save more than £60 million across
all services by 2014 and are planning to cut 16 of the 34 libraries
in the county and reducing mobile services from 5 to 3. Also
cutting opening times in the remaining ones. It was felt that
children and older people would be most affected. Children are
already bombarded with electronics and this might be one more
nail in the coffin for books. Also for older people libraries
are a way of meeting others and for the less well off a source
of reading material.
It is understood that this resolution is already backed up by
local campaigns and, unfortunately, in a time of economic downturn,
cuts to some services are inevitable.
The next meeting on June 8th, Lt. Col. Lesinski and "Royal
This will be open to all for a small fee.