After welcoming 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 year’s 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.

Angela, 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 committee members.

In the Treasurer’s 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 year’s centenary celebrations. She concluded by thanking our auditor, Mrs Ann Hayes, for her careful work.

Carol then 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.

The business completed, Pauline Brace, having consulted the Federation’s archive and literary articles, delighted us with memories of three women. ‘A Woman’s 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 to Quebec.