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July report

The meeting on Wednesday 10th July was chaired by our President, Sarah Pennington, who reported that King's Somborne had come fifth out of 9 entrants in the Group Quiz hosted by Abbotswood W.I. 

Six members had applied for places on the trip to Cardiff next May and details would be firmed up in due course. 

As our accounts are in a healthy state following the Shoot Lunch, it has been decided that a fund-raising event is not necessary this year and our August meeting will therefore take the form of a social event for members. 

The Red Box Appeal (counteracting period poverty in Hampshire schools) will continue in case the Government should fail to fulfil its promises, and contact will be maintained with Test Valley on the matter. 

The W.I.-Extra event this month will be a lunch at the “Abbot's Mitre” in Chilbolton. 

Our August meeting will be a social event in the Jubilee Room at the Village Hall. 

An outing was proposed to Breamore House – possibly on the third Wednesday in September – and the possibility of using the over-sixties minibus would be explored.

Sue Ricketts reported that the W.I. A.G.M had passed two Resolutions:  “Don't Fear the Smear” had been passed by 97% of votes and a second Resolution in support of local bus services received 96%.

Our speaker was Emma Wightman, “Humanitarian Osteopath”.  Emma had talked to us last year about her trip to Kenya under the auspices of the “Divinity Foundation” to visit a centre working to support women and children in remote rural communities on much-needed general health issues, but particularly in connection with providing care and sanctuary for 11 to 18-year-old girls at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and all the life-changing and life-threatening effects involved.  The Centre, which Emma described to us a year ago, is making excellent progress towards self-sufficiency.  The girls are safe, learn English and crafts and have a good diet.  Plans are under way for a tree-planting project.  Later this year, Emma will be travelling to Pokot in the North of Kenya.  It has only recently become possible to start work in this area, where the practice of FGM is very prevalent and to which the journey is still dangerous.  Emma will go to the Rescue Centre there in November to help provide medical treatment and to assist in Workshops on FGM.  Heather Osman thanked Emma for this update on a problem which is still acute and expressed our wishes for a safe and successful trip.

Our August meeting will be our social which will be held on 14th August in the Jubilee Room of the Village Hall at 6.30 p.m.  This will be for members only.

Beryl Fahy


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