May is the
month when we discuss the resolutions which will eventually
be debated at the Annual meeting of the National Federation
of Women`s Institutes at the Albert Hall in London. This year`s
resolution was about whether we need more midwives but before
we got down to that discussion our President, Judith Walker
, had some information about the WIs own Olympics. The imitation
"baton" which is being passed around to all WIs in
Warwickshire arrived in Snitterfield by a delegation from Bearley.
A group from Snitterfield then went to pass it on to members
of Old Town by the river in Stratford. Unfortunately the planned
trip on the river had to be cancelled because the river was
in flood and the current too swift for any small craft. Other
Olympic events are the finals of the skittles and table tennis
at the sports club on Tuesday 15th May and the 180 knitted squares
are being crocheted together to make a blanket. For the Queen`s
Jubilee celebrations WI are to make the puddings for the Sports
Club Barbecue on June 2nd. At the village Fete we are having
a stall for the children to paint flower pots. Finally there
is to be a Barbecue on June 30th kindly hosted by Ann Farr and
her partner John.
We also discussed and voted unanimously for two changes in Snitterfield
WI byelaws "That Committee members should serve for five
years with the proviso that if insufficient volunteers come
forward they may stay on for a further period" and "The
term of office of the President shall be three years"
The Resolution to be discussed was " There are a chronic
shortage of midwives. The NFWI calls on the Government to increase
investment in the training, employment and retention of midwives
in England and Wales to ensure services are adequately rersourced
and are able to deliver a high standard of care " (Horwich
WI, Lancashire Federation). Our member Ann Farr who is a retired
midwife with a long service in the profession gave a very convincing
explanation as to why we should vote in favour ot the motion.
Over the last 50 years there have been radical changes in the
need for maternity care. Most births now take place in hospitals
and maternal health sevices in England and Wales are facing
increasing pressure with staff shortages, a continuing baby
boom and increasing numbers of complications testing maternity
services ability to deliver a high standard of care to women
and children. David Cameron`s pledge before entering government
was to increase the number of midwives by 3000 but this target
has not been met. There has been an increase in the number of
midwives in training yet not in sufficient numbers to meet estimated
shortfalls. The Royal College of Midwives is running a "Protect
Maternity Services" campaign and petitioning the Government
for 5000 more midwives. The NCT are also calling for more midwives
and Sarah Brown launched the "White Ribbon Alliance for
Safe Motherhood". These facts and figures convinced our
WI to vote unanimously in favour of the resolution.
At the end of the evening we played a Beetle drive to find a
winner to compete in yet another Olympic event. Our representative
to go forward is Sylvia Morlidge.
The next meeting on June 13th will be to hear Eugene and Margaret
Schellenberg talk about "The
Ilfakara Bakery Project"