Warminster and Wylye Valley WI Lite
(formerly Sutton Veny WI Lite)
4th May - Plastic Soup
month, we had a talk from one of our members (Professor
Andrea Russell from Southampton University. Andrea, and her
colleague, Christina Thiele,
are researching the impact of microplastics on the marine environment.
We learned a lot about the scale of the problem of microplastics and microfibres across the globe and steps being taken to try to lessen the damage. Following the presentation members were split into small groups to discuss what steps we can take within our own homes to minimise our use of plastics. We spoke about the need to have a better understanding of what can be recycled, shopping with own bags and looking for unpackaged veg etc that can be put straight into the basket, changes to the way we wash our clothes, using reusable coffee cups and many other things. One member admitted that she recycles all her plastic bags and even uses the plastic bag that her copy of WI Life comes in. She freezes things in it and hasn't bought any freezer bags in ages! People came up with some really good ideas and we are going to try to put them into force over the next month and report back at our next meeting. We had a really good turnout to the meeting which is testament to how concerned we all are about this issue.
Andrea’s talk is part of our plans to reduce our own use of plastics and their impact on our local environment. We have also written to our local supermarkets asking about their plans to cut out the use of unnecessary plastic.
4th April - AGM & Earring Making
Tonight was our AGM and earring making. First the minutes of the 2017 AGM were agreed and copies of the treasurer's report were handed out. Last year was a good year for the group. Our membership has increased, we took part in a number of fun activities and listened to some very interesting speakers. Caroline went through the accounts and told us that we are in a comfortable position, with about £3,000 in the bank. It was suggested we used some of the money on trips out for the members, maybe paying for the coach. The treasurer's report and the minutes were proposed and seconded by the members. Christine reminded us of this years WI resolution , Mental Health Matters and that Karen is happy to represent us at the Annual Meeting in Cardiff in June. All the members voted to have this resolution put forward to the meeting in June on our behalf. Chris reminded us to look at the notice board and to put our name down if we were interested in any of the activities. Mel asked the members if anyone would like to join the committee or even shadow a member of the committee with a view to taking over the role next year. Unfortunately, nobody put their name forward so the committee was voted on for another year.
Then the fun bit started, making earrings. We all had a small bag with the makings of two drop earrings and boxes and boxes of beads to choose from. It was quite difficult trying to choose which beads we liked and even more difficult holding onto them while twisting the silver wire into a loop. You really needed two pairs of hands. But everyone had a go and some beautiful pairs of drop earrings were made.
7th March - Countrywise Presentation with Stuart Judd
Tonight Stuart Judd, who was the Producer of Country Ways for 12 years came to talk to us. Country Ways, which covered the south of England, started in 1983, produced 300 episodes over25 years, and later went on to film Coastal Ways as well. Each episode was 26 mins long but the crew would have 8/9 hours of film to edit down to 26mins. Usually three or four local people would be asked to appear in the film talking about their interest or jobs. We watched the episode of the Wylye Valley 1985 which included a Sheep Farmer, a Bee Keeper, and a Fisherman. Watching these DVD’s is like stepping back in time to the days when the whole family would sit together and watch Country Ways on Sunday evenings.
DVD’s of the Country Ways and Coastal Ways were available to buy and can be bought from www.countrywaysfilms.com/index.htm.
Wiltshire WI Craft Course
Three of us made these great bags out of cardboard and recycled materials. It was a WI craft course run by Wiltshire WI. Chris has all these courses and activities on the notice board which she brings to our meetings. Please read them, put your name down and have a go.
7th February - Games Night
Tonight was games night. We all had a go at Scabby Queen, Linkee and Pig amongst others. Each member was given a number, between 1 and 5, and everybody with the same number sat at the same table. This ensured that we were all mixed up and were able to sit and talk with people we didn’t know that well. We had so much fun playing these silly games and enjoyed chatting with new friends.
Christine ran through this year’s WI resolutions and all the members voted for the one they felt most strongly about and wished the Federation to take forward. We voted for Resolution 4 – Mental Health Matters (https://www.thewi.org.uk/media-centre/news-and-events/current-news-and-events/final-2017-18-resolution-shortlist).
We don’t have a meeting in Jan but we invited all the members to come along for a game of skittles and fun at the Organ Inn in Warminster.