This month we were discussing the resolution that will be debated at the Annual Meeting of the NFWI in June at Leeds.. “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 donations known, and encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise.”
Jackie Legge informed us that the UK has the lowest rate of transplants in Europe . On average 7000 people are waiting for this life saving procedure as a result which 3 people die every day. At the moment there are only facilities for opting in but there is much discussion about a register where everyone is automatically included and if anyone has objections ,religious or other wise , they may opt out. To join the organ donation register you can go online, phone, by post or with a Boots loyalty card.
After a fairly heated discussion the vote was almost 100% in favour of the motion.
If there is a majority vote at the AGM then it will be lobbied in Parliament by the NFWI .
Other matters discussed were a Reflexology taster evening, croquet in a members garden, a Champagne brunch at Violet`s café at Long Marston Antique Barn. We are also running a cake and sweet stall in conjunction with St James Church at the Village fete on the 22nd June… The profit from the BBQ in August will be donated towards the cost of a bench in the garden of the Royal Leamington Spa Stroke Recovery Unit.
Also discussed was the state of the site in the centre of the village where the Foxhunter pub used to be. The wooden hoarding which was erected around the site whilst work was in progress is rotting and falling down. We felt that, apart from being an eyesore, children could gain easy access and this would be a very dangerous playground. No work has ever been done there and it is now 7 years since the pub burned down. We called on all our members, and any villagers who may be concerned about this, to write to John Horner our County Councillor or Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi .
The evening ended with a lovely cold buffet supplied by our member Carol complemented by a glass of wine and whilst we dined Pauline Brace had composed a quiz for us.
The next meeting is June 11th. Yet to be announced