Monthly Report February

23 hardy members braved the elements to attend our February meeting. We were humbled to hear from two speakers. Lauren Fry, from Young Carers gave an update on how our 2019 fundraising money had been spent and Kathryn Grimes provided an insight into our 2020 chosen charity The Wight Brainy Bunch. Sadly both charities exist due to a local IOW need. It was great to hear about the work they do and how successful both charities have been and continue to be.
On March 9th 7.30pm we will be joined by Sarah Evans, who will be telling us about the year she spent in the Falkland Islands.
If you are thinking of joining Shorwell WI or are just curious about what we do, please feel free to come along to one or two of our meetings and spend the evening with us. If you would like more information please feel free to call Debbie on 741384.
We meet at 7.30pm in Shorwell Parish Hall on the 2nd Monday every month except August.
Finally, Thank you to all our members, visiting WI members and visitors who once again supported our annual fundraising event on 18th February, the raffle proceeds of which will be donated to The Wight Brainy Bunch.

February Meeting Report

At our February meeting, we trialled a PA system for the first time, hopefully to enable everyone to hear the speakers more clearly. Maria and both Lesley’s have birthdays this month, and in total 21 members were welcomed to the meeting.
Everyone who attended the New Year lunch had enjoyed the meal. Our next event is the fundraising Ploughman’s and Pudding, and final arrangements were made for helpers and catering. We were also told about the next meeting of the Longstone Group in March, and tickets were available.
The business included voting for which of the proposed WI resolutions should go forward to the Annual Meeting in June. Our choice was ‘To increase potential stem cell donor registration’ and our choice will be forwarded to WI House.
Looking ahead the Midsummer Fair, we now have clear health guidelines to follow when making preserves, drawn up by Antonia. Most of this is common sense, but it is good practice to have a written guide.
Our WW1 wall hanging is to be displayed In the hall, and the meeting agreed to the cost of its being framed professionally.
After the business, Debbie read an amusing poem about Valentine’s Day and chocolates!
Our two speakers were Lauren from Young Carers, our charity for 2019; and Catherine from Wight Brainy Bunch, our charity for 2020. Both told us of the work they do to support respectively children aged 5-18 who have taken on a caring role at home, and people suffering with brain tumours and their families on the Island. After tea, the Best Bloom was judged, and the winner was Isabel’s black hellebore.