Karen Janas is off to a garden party at Kensington Palace next week, representing Wellington WI at a celebration for the 100th birthday of the Womens Institute. The town group, founded only two years ago has just held its AGM, writes Judith Smith.
We are a large group – we currently have 92 members, much the same as last year.
All committee members were re-elected, and other members were encouraged to join this hard-working group.
The interest groups had kept busy during the year. The Writing Group had raised £1700 through sales of its book, which would be donated to SURE for its fund-raising campaign for a new scanner for the Beacon Centre. Due to the popularity of the writing group, a new beginners group will start in July.
A trip to the Royal Marine base at Chivenor to have a go at the assault course was a memorable outing for the Outdoor Group. They all survived more or less intact, and they hope to have another attempt next year. Less strenuous activities in the meantime include a cycle ride along the canal from Sampford Peverell and a walk round Wiveliscombe in June.
The Book Group, Cinema Group and Craft Groups continue to respond to members’ interests. The WI is noted for its fondness for cake, which does feature at all our branch meetings, but two new food-related activities have recently begun. The Luncheon Group plans a monthly trip to local hostelries, and the Supper Club will have themed meals to which everyone attending will contribute a dish, plus the recipe. The first one will have an Indian theme.
Members have been invited to propose topics for our monthly meetings in 2016, and Wellington WI will host a carol service in December this year for members of other WIs in the Tone Valley area.