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April report

A horseshoe of tables, hot drinks, delicious biscuits,  and archive albums to thumb through set the scene for the King’s Somborne WI’s AGM. Apologies for absence were quickly followed by notices of future events  with Linda’s cheerful commentary often bringing laughter.

Louise reported back about the WI Spring Council Meeting.  She noted delegate numbers were significantly down compared to previous years.  The three speakers: Nicky Amos, Donna Jones and Rev Kate Bottley, were very interesting.

The meeting then moved to reports from the main officers: Secretary, Treasurer and President.  All three quickly and succinctly summarised the year from their point of view; echoing Linda’s comment that this meeting was the “end of a strange year”.  Whilst okay for the moment, the finances are finely balanced with a predicted  decrease over the next three years.  So ideas for fund raising were explored.

The President opened with thank-yous for Louise, Linda, the Eileens, Tina, Heather and Sue for their support, over this year.  After reporting on events over the year she led a series of discussions on: roving reports visiting other WI meetings, consideration of a Facebook page for the group, our changing membership profile, development of a National code of conduct, the changing role of Denman College, and this year’s resolution looking at ADS and ADHD.  The group resolved to fully support the resolution which seeks to raise awareness of ASD and ADHD and its impact on women and girls

After this the meeting cheerfully closed.

The next meeting is on 11th May when Gill Southwell will give a talk entitledFrom the New Forest to Salt Lake City in 1853’.  Visitors always welcome.


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