The first meeting of the new committee has just taken place and we are excited about some of the ideas coming up for the remainder of this year and next.
This week is our Felt Buttonhole / corsage making activity, visitors are still very welcome to attend but this month there will be a charge of £1.50 for materials for non members.
We are planning a 5th Thursday event for August - a gentle summer evening stroll to the Cardiff Bay Barrage, then a drink (or two) in one of the Bay's great bars. This event will be free (buy your own refreshment) so hope to see you all there.
We have also been talking Winter Fair, Christmas Cards
Last Saturday, one of the sunniest we have had in ages, Clare and I went along as observers to the WI National AGM, joined by about 5000 other ladies from across the UK - some as delegates with voting rights but many, like us, just there to support the WI, and hear from the national committees.
As well as the AGM business, adoption of the new consitution, making Anglesey Federation incorporated (a change we still dont fully understand!) and altering some legal wording, we were given an update on finances and the state of the separate businesses of NFWI Enterprises (think the jams and biscuits you see on sale in supermarkets) and Denman College (more of this to come!)
Griff Rhys Jones, John Humphries and Jonathan Willcocks were the guest speakers, entertaining us with stories of town centres across the nation, the challenges of journalism and some singing!
The resolution to preserve the nations high streets was hotly debated, and despite some reservations and concerns mainly over language, was passed by a significant majority and will be the focus of WI pressure and action in the forthcoming year.
The two messages we went away with was 1 - use your local shops as much as you can, help them be relevant and be there in years to come; and 2 - use Denman College, or lose it. With this in mind, Clare and I have booked our return trip to Denman and will certainly be making more use of the Birchgrove and other north Cardiff loc
Well, we made it! We were joined by Carolyn Davies, the Glamorgan Federation Chair, who oversaw the business of the AGM, led by our President, Clare. Clare was re-elected to serve another term and she will be joined by several new committee members to lead the group on into 2014! The meeting voted to approve the national resolution to promote the local high street, and to adopt the new consitution of the national organisation.
We were joined by Flora Lazarou, member of the Lazarou dynasty of hairdressers across Cardiff, who talked to us about how she is trying to promote Birchgrove as a high street destination - a cause that we will certainly become more involved in as the year progresses.
With a glass of fizz on arrival and a birthday cake (made by Clare) with our cup of tea, we were in a
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