MINUTES of MONTHLY MEETINGS
RECORD OF MEETING MONDAY 18th JULY 2022
Our President Jane Rawlings welcomed members to the meeting on the hottest day of the year! Member hosts were Gillie and Marita. Jenniewelcomed a few visitors and explained that every member must provide an ICE (In Case of Emergency) name and number for the WI records. This is to enable the WI to contact a close friend or relative who would be ready and available to come to the assistance of the member in case of an accident or emergency during a WI event. On behalf of member Jacqui Rathbone, Jennie asked if anyone would like to look after a delightful cockapoo from the 12-22nd August (with pay) while the owner is on holiday (contact Jacqui). Dee gave the members details of our games and lunch event on 2nd August.
2. SPEAKER Jane Holland (Speaker secretary) introduced our speaker Alison Utting to talk about the life and work of Eglantyne Jebb (1876-1928) who was one of six children born in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Eglantyne was a British social reformer and she set up Save the Children at the end of the First World War to relieve the effects of famine in Austria-Hungary and Germany where living conditions for children were appalling. She wrote the document that became the ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’ which is still adopted worldwide by every country except the USA. The Jebbs were a well off family with a strong social conscience and commitment to public service. Alison is a passionate advocate for Eglantyne and her family, particularly her mother and sister Dorothy. Alison told us Eglantyne’s life story in detail. Eventually Eglantyne took a degree in history, tried to be a teacher (class of 60 juniors!) which she hated, changed to research about charity work in Cambridge thentook a dangerous journey to Macedonia to deliver cash (in person) to a relief fund. She then translated and published news during the war from German newspapers that showed how starvation and suffering was rife in Europe; infinitely worse than in the UK. This experience led Eglantyne and Dorothy to set up the Save the Children fund which has gone from strength to strength. Alison supported her talk with numerous family photos of the Jebb family and we felt by the end that we had met for the first time a very brave, influential, important woman who very few of us had ever heard of. Thank you Alison! Grace gave the vote of thanks.
3. EVENTS The events table was manned by Sheila and Val. Booking was for a tour of Gorton Monastery on Monday 3rd October, NECG Autumn meeting, Mezze meal and L4P day out in Chester.
4. TEA AND CAKESMaureen Nicholson, Alison Boddington, Grace Brierley and Dee Waugh served our refreshments. Cakes were also provided by Sally Hildrup who tested positive for COVID a few hours before the meeting.
5. THE BURSARY DRAW was won by Annmarie Lambert.
6. RAFFLEThe four raffle winners were Anne Shaw, Lydie Donald, Jane Rawlings and Moira Rayner.
7. CLOSURE OF MEETING Jane thanked the committee, especially Christine and Diane for the slide shows. She also thanked the members, Cherry, Marita and Grace for their contributions. Jane encouraged members to send in a photo of Summer for the September competition and to knit bobble hats for the Christmas tree.
8. NEXT MEETINGMonday 19th September: Lynn Moores: Mock Magistrates Court. There will be a zoom premeeting on 5th September at 7.30pm on How a Magistrate court works. Zoom link in Focus and on the website.
RECORD OF MEETING MONDAY 20th JUNE 2022
1. WELCOME President Jane Rawlings welcomed members to the meeting. Member hosts were Diana Beech, Benita Kassas and Rosie Reid. Jane congratulated Wendy Morris who has been appointed member representative on the NFWI Training & Development committee. Jane reported that the committee are considering increasing the membership from 104 to 110. The members voted overwhelmingly to support this motion. Jennie Palin welcomed the visitors.
2. REPORT FROM THE NFWI AM AT LIVERPOOL Jennie read out her excellent report on the recent AM in Liverpool. A group of three Fulshaw members had attended, staying for the weekend in a hotel. Jennie said how wonderful and uplifting the whole experience had been and that she thoroughly recommended members to think about attending the next meeting in Cardiff in 2023.
3. SPEAKERJane Holland (Speaker secretary) introduced our speaker Malcolm Macfarlane to talk about Great Musicals of Stage and Screen. He delighted us with recordings of great show tunes going back to Show Boat in 1927 and onto the present day. He encouraged us to sing along and we did try. Luckily it did not matter if we only partly remembered the words. Malcolm played songs from well over 20 musicals and it was a cheerful happy way to spend the meeting. Grace gave the vote of thanks.
4. EVENTS The events table was manned by Sheila who was taking bookings for the National Arboretum trip, Salford Art Gallery, Jodrell Bank and the Arley Hall Sculpture visit.
5. THE OLDEST FOOD ITEM IN THE CUPBOARDMany members brought items along with lots of different ‘best before’ dates on them, but the winner was Diana Beech with a packet of Arrowroot from 1983! Julia presented her with some chocolates and encouraged her to consume them before the end date.
6. TEA AND CAKESRefreshments were prepared and served by Chris Lee, IreneNottingham, Sandra Holmes and Carol Casting (a visitor). Meet the committee slides were shown on screen.
7. RAFFLEThe four raffle winners were Pat Pinnock, Sheila Parker, Dee Waugh and Julia Parr.
8. NEXT MEETINGMonday 18th July: Alison Utting on the Life of Eglantine Jebb; founder of Save the Children.
RECORD OF MEETING MONDAY 11th APRIL 2022
President Jane Rawlings welcomed members to a new WI year and explained that 9 members have left so this allows 9 from the waiting list to join Fulshaw WI. Jane welcomed 2 visitors who are looking to set up a new WI. She also went through the H&S arrangements. Jennie Palin welcomed visitors from our waiting list and new members. Member hosts Alison Boddington, Sally Hildrup and Maureen Nicholson were thanked for their support.
Jane Holland, Speaker coordinator, introduced our speakers. It was our Annual Charity Evening where we welcome local charities to talk to us. Wendy stood in for Sheila to talk about Open Kitchen in Manchester. We welcomed Sue from Macclesfield to talk about making blankets for the homeless from crisp packets, and Heather from The Christie, to talk about the new development in Macclesfield. Fascinating and inspirational projects. Vote of thanks by Grace Brearley
DONATIONS & DISPLAYS
Dee’s winning handbag cake from the NECG competition was admired. Members brought used stamps (for Leprosy charity) and toiletries bags (for Bare Necessities). Jennie’s version of WInnie, the corgi was on display. Material was available for making bags for Bare Necessities.
The events table was selling tickets Fulshaw afternoon teas.
The 4 raffle winners were Emma Smallwood, Barbara Death, Christa Rodwell and Irene Nottingham.
Jill Ollerenshaw won the bursary draw.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 16th May - Self Defence
RECORD OF MEETING MONDAY 21ST MARCH 2022
President Jane Rawlings welcomed members to the meeting and explained the H&S arrangements. Jennie Palin welcomed visitors from our waiting list. Member hosts Wendy Morris and Pauline Handley were thanked for their support. Jennie also spoke about signing up to maintain the WI garden
Jane Holland, Speaker coordinator, welcomed textile artist Lesley Bull. Lesley gave us a brief history of Venice and the Venetian Carnival. She brought along five of her dresses and talked about their creation and the making of masks. Costumes modelled by Anne Crawford and Donna Johnstone. Vote of thanks by Grace Brearley
DONATIONS & DISPLAYS
Members brought used stamps (for Leprosy charity) toiletries and toiletries bags (for Bare Necessities). The Lou Gardiner craft award and Jennie’s version of WInnie, the corgi were on display. Material was available for making bags for Bare Necessities.
The events table was busy selling tickets for the NECG and Fulshaw afternoon teas.
The 4 raffle winners were Helen Battilana, Pat Pinnock, Morag Briscoe and Pat Langan.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 11th April – Local Charities.
__________________________________________________________________Monday 21st February 2022
President Jane Rawlings welcomed members to the meeting and explained the H&S arrangements. Jennie Palin welcomed 8 visitors from our waiting list. Member hosts Cathy Wallace and Pat Langan were thanked for their support.
Jane Holland, Speaker coordinator, explained that the booked speaker had been forced to pull out at the very last minute. Lady Wildflower lives in Hebden Bridge where flooding had led to disruptions in public transport.
Actor and storyteller Adrian Palmer volunteered to stand in and was very much appreciated by the audience. He had them mesmerised with 2 stories, “The Ant and the Grasshopper” by Somerset Maugham and “The way up to heaven” by Roald Dahl.
Members brought used stamps (for Leprosy charity) toiletries and toiletries bags (for Bare Necessities) and knitted cream egg easter chicks (Francis House Hospice). They also signed up to make cakes for Wilmslow Wells for Africa Souperday and to tend the WI garden.
The events table was busy just like it used to be before covid.
The 5 raffle winners were Jill Ollerenshaw, Dee Waugh, Janet Saxton, Sandra Scott and Diane Beech. The 5th prize, a bonus for this month, was a Burlesque colouring book in honour of Lady Wildflower.
Dee Waugh displayed examples of the characters she has learnt to make on her cake decorating modelling course. This course was part funded with her bursary win. Rosie Reid was the winner of the delayed January Bursary draw.
Monday 17th January 2022
Jane Rawlings welcomed everyone to her first monthly meeting as President. She explained the emergency fire procedures and asked members to wear their face masks when not drinking or eating. Visitors were welcomed including NECG Chairman Alia el Asmar.
Jane thanked our first Member Hosts Diane Atkinson and Helen Hopkins who made sure that solo members were not on their own.
Professor Sarah Bridle from York University entertained the meeting with her discussion about the CO2 emissions associated with the production, processing, packaging and distribution of many of the foods that contribute to our diet. She clearly demonstrated the need for us to reduce our consumption of meat-based products to help reduce our impact on climate change. Sarah provided samples of dried mealworm and crickets, both low CO2 food stuff, for us to try with our tea and cake!!!!
Members were encouraged to complete, and post in the box provided, a voting slip for the NFWI 2022 resolutions.
Net expenditure for the first quarter of the financial year was £1,259, leaving a bank balance of nearly £7,000. The party food and drink were subsidised by £81 and £698 has been paid off from last year’s liabilities.
The four raffle prizes were won by Morag Briscoe, Pauline Handley, Wendy Morris(vouchers) and Pat Parker (plant).
Upcoming Fulshaw events were advertised; walks, walking netball and 10 pin bowling. Also, a NECG walk and a CFWI virtual event. Members were encouraged to take part in RSPB birdwatch. Members were asked to make suggestions for future events.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Monday 21st February 2022. Speaker Lady Wildflower