a new member, Carole, our Secretary, opened the AGM of Snitterfield
WI. She reminded us of the by-laws and followed with an account
of the years activities: speakers, resolution debates,
outings, walks, social evenings with quizzes, the Barford Group
dinner, tombola for the village fête and the popular tastings,
which took us pleasurably through the last twelve months.
our retiring President, being unwell, her report was postponed
and Sylvia Morlidge was appointed for the next three years.
Lindsay was thanked for her work on the committee and Jacky
took over her office. Many thanks were expressed to the remaining
In the Treasurers
report, Liz confirmed that we have thirty members and have been
able to provide free WI magazines and refreshments. Our finances
show a small surplus, some of which will be needed for next
years centenary celebrations. She concluded by thanking
our auditor, Mrs Ann Hayes, for her careful work.
announced upcoming events: a craft day for fabric and paper
flowers led by Jacky and hosted by Ann Farr on November 28;
Christmas shopping on December 8 at Hatton Country World; our
dinner on December 13 at the Snitterfield Arms.
completed, Pauline Brace, having consulted the Federations
archive and literary articles, delighted us with memories of
three women. A Womans Time focussed on their
experiences during the Second World War. Driver Renton supported
ambulance workers during the worst of the bombing, particularly
at night. A theatre sister, a Princess Mary nurse, was sent
to India and the border of Afghanistan, then moved to the appalling
conditions of hospitals in Burma. Finally, Miriam Alcock lived
and worked in Singapore before being sent home and thence to
London during the blitz.
Two of our
members added their own memories: Jean of being shot at by a
German plane and Ann of a journey home from Africa when their
boat was torpedoed, after which their boat managed to stagger