Members of Wellington Women’s Institute welcomed reports of “an extremely busy year, with interesting speakers and fun activities at our monthly meetings, lively activity groups and a wide range of events to suit all tastes, from theatre trips to pamper parties, pizza nights to bingo” at their annual AGM last month.
Sharon Pavey, fundraiser for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, presented a talk about the work of the charity and illustrated both its costs and extent of the service it provides: one in three Somerset people are likely to need the charity’s help, running costs amount to £20,000 per day, 1300 volunteers help to run two hospices and 36 shops and work in the community.
Following a debate the WI voted to support a resolution calling on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, passing surplus food on to charities to help address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK. This resolution will be taken forward to the National Federation.
The WI’s creative writing groups’ leader, Bridget Hodges, then led members in a group poetry task which resulted in “some very interesting literary creations!” One of Bridget’s groups created a stir both locally and nationally last year with the publication of ‘The Conquering Gibraltarian Adonis’, an anthology of work (some of it steamy) produced by members. The money raised from the publication went to charity.
The next WI meeting is on Thursday 23 June at the Beambridge Inn (7.00pm for 7.30pm) when members will hear a talk from a pathologist. New members and visitors are very welcome.