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WI Annual Reports

Smisby WI Annual Report 2015/16

 It seems such a long time ago since we were celebrating our 80th Birthday, on the 24th of January, at the Mill Wheel Restaurant Hartshorne with guests Chrissie Booth, County Chair, Christine Gardner archivist for the county plus Presidents from Ticknall, Melbourne, Staunton Harold, and Woodville and of course the members of Smisby WI. After a superb meal Jane Robinson author of “A Force to be Reckoned with” gave us a potted history of the WI from when it first started why and by whom, and then it’s first meeting in Anglesey, Jane was a very enjoyable and knowledgeable speaker which helped to make the day so very special. Of course we could not let this day end without a memento of the occasion everyone was given a coaster with the WI logo on it, also a book detailing the history of Smisby village, world events and how Smisby WI was first formed 80 years ago to the present day. Marie with the help of Barbara, Jean, and Sue did a wonderful job of collating and putting together this book full of local history, and pictures, a wonderful reminder of the day. Thanks must also go to the Sheila who made the beautiful Celebration Birthday Cake. At a suggestion from Dorothy we also have a superb plaque put up outside the   hall advertising Smisby WI.

Now to events we have had over the past eighteen months, as you are aware we have changed our AGM to coincide with the Resolutions meeting so it does mean that I have rather a lot of reminiscing.

To help celebrate 100 years of the formation of the WI organisation, two of our members Adrienne and Jean attend the Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June, they had a wonderful time even though it was very windy on the day but the lovely sandwiches and cakes plus seeing the royal party made it a very special day for them both.

Barbara, Gill and Suzanne went to the AGM held at the Royal Albert Hall, it was such a memorable occasion, the Queen, Princess Royal, and the Countess of Wessex joined the NFWI committee on stage to open proceeding. After a short speech given by Her Majesty and receiving the Centenary Baton, she left the stage to cut a cake especially made for the occasion.

It was our turn to host the Harpur Crewe church service in 2014, a great night of carols readings and poems ware enjoyed by 63 people from other institutes with the evening finishing with mince pies and Pat’s now famous mulled wine.

Two Christmas lunches; 2014 at the Tap House; and with Sybil organizing lunch at Willesley golf course in 2015. Both were very well supported and enjoyable.

We have attended three group meeting, Gareth King talking about a Victorian

Gentleman’s wardrobe, Black Pig Morris Dancers, and a talk given by the RNLI

Members have participated in Archery at Derby University, sailing on Carsington Reservoir, and visited to Crown Derby.

An away day to Denman College in Oxfordshire, and a fantastic visit to Hampton Court. We Celebrated the 100th anniversary of the NFWI at Ticknall with the Harpur Crewe Group on the 16th of September. A coffee morning at Pat’s and tours of Smisby Church combined with a cheese and wine supper. Bacon Butties at the village hall combined with a tour of the church for visiting WI’s to help raise money for the church roof fund. A Murder Mystery evening with Inspector Ivor Notion, and a cookery and flower demonstration at Ashbourne.

Several of you have learnt how to play canasta, and we also paid a visit to the golf range at Coalville.

This is all in conjunction with our monthly meeting which have provided us with a wide range of excellent speakers Tai Chi, Behind the scenes at Birmingham Airport, a Forensic Scientist, and Farm House Cookery, to name but a few.

We have also had superb attendances at the monthly craft mornings, we have been to a Patchwork exhibition, and to a button making factory combined with a visit to the jewellery quarter in Birmingham. We have learnt many new crafts which have been either taught by visiting tutors or our own very talented members. We have given a £100 Bursary this year and the lucky winner was Marie, we look forward to her teaching us the new craft that she has learnt.

The monthly walking group is also very well supported, with walks in

Bradgate Park, Sutton Park, and Foremark as well as many other lovely walks

lead by very willing volunteers.

The membership is now 54 which includes 9 dual members and 5 new members who have joined over the past 18 months, and our average monthly attendance is 34.

Finally, it is only with the help and support of the Committee and you the members that Smisby WI is going from strength to strength and hopefully many of you have made new friends along the way.

This coming year will bring us new challenges to make Smisby WI the best it can be at inspiring you our members.