Patsy welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Cyndy for taking the meeting last month in her absence Last month’s speaker had been enjoyed by everyone.
New Year Lunch, This had been a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The Denman Bursary Draw was won by Linda Lane, who is now considering all her options
Visit to Worcester New Breast Cancer Unit – Jacki, reported that Pam Eves, Sylvia Tudor-Hughes and herself had attended an open evening before the opening of this new unit at Worcester Royal Hospital. Mr Thrush, Breast cancer oncologist, was thrilled to give us a guided tour of his ’baby’. He had been involved in the planning of this unit and it clearly showed that he had both the interests of patients and staff at the forefront of the plans. There is a lovely open reception area with bright coloured chairs. Consulting rooms for mammograms etc, a room for ladies who needed clothes with prosthesis, after breast removal, where they could try on garments in comfort with appropriate guidance. A separate room with sofa and chair where bad news could be give in private and with an exit door so patients who were upset could leave without having to pass back through the reception area. The facilities for the Nurses were given equal care having a staff room for break times with access to a garden for summertime seating and a work room with full facilities and a quiet alcove for making phone calls.
All in all the building was light with pleasing decor and one way windows so that blinds were not necessary and kept the area light and less hospital-like. The Haven Charity, at present only available in London, Leeds and Hereford will be holding sessions at the centre for people who have had treatment for breast cancer. These treatments include alternative therapies such as Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology and more and already bookings are being made. Mr Thrush said that the building had been paid for but facilities such as the Haven would need ongoing support as they were a registered charity.
We came away wishing more members had been able to attend , and with the feeling that this centre would make living and dealing with Breast cancer would be a little less daunting in this beautiful building.
Preservers meeting – Jacki had spoken to Sheila Bishop and this meeting is for Anyone interested in making jams and preserves and those who would like to work towards a WI Qualification. These new Qualifications may also cover other topics such as floral art and crafts. This meeting will access the interest and either run the course for the certificate or just run day courses on preserves if numbers were more in favour of that.
Lady Denman Cup – ‘A letter to my younger Self ‘ - Jacki has a few entry forms tonight and can print off more.
ACWW Free meeting at WI house on 11th April 7pm to learn about the ACWW Conference
New Member Days WI House on 8th & 15th March cost £5 per member
Campaign & Resolution Day Monday 18th April, Young Farmers Club, Hawford 1.30- 4.30pm £8
WI Coffee Morning - Ticket sales, bring & buy items, raffle prizes were requested and members asked to attend on Monday 15th February at the home of Anne Freeston . Funds raised will go to Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends
AKWI 90th Birthday Party Update from Patsy The hall has been booked for 2nd November for a celebration meal. David Rush, Former Chief Petty Officer on the Royal Yacht Britannia will be our guest speaker.
Suggestions on other ways to celebrate were invited from the members, among those already received were planting more daffodils on the verges, a competition to design a WI Flag which would be made by ex member Brenda Banner, entries by May meeting.
Autumn Group Meeting The date has been set for 23rd September and the speaker Irene Tyack of ‘The Yellow Hat Tribe’ has been booked. More details will be given out longer.
HM The Queen 90-th Birthday celebrations – we are hoping to hold a traditional Street Party along with the rest of the nation to celebrate HM The Queens 90th Birthday. At present we are looking for a venue.
Brenda Banner has offered to hold a course of 6 Patchwork classes for WI members. Margaret, Corrine, Pam, Pat, Jacki and Lesley would like to be included
Patsy then Introduced Speaker Robin Hill talking on ‘A Land Army Girl Remembers’. This was a fascinating talk brought to life with 3 of our members taking the roles of 3 real life Land Army Girls that Robin had interviewed. Robin interspersed his talk with personal memories of each of the 3 girls all very different, as were their experiences. Many went on to find love and marry farmers or their sons and stay in rural life after the war. Robin went on to judge our competition of a photograph from WW1 or WW2 which proved very popular.
Katie ( who had taken on the role of Josie) gave the vote of thanks
Following refreshments Patsy gave details of proposed Future Events.
Proposed Theatre Trips Members were asked if they would like a theatre trip in April and this was narrowed down to Carmen the opera, The end of the Rainbow about Judy Garland and Save the Last dance for me a musical with songs of the 60’s. 7 members expressed interest in the last one and it will be brought up again at the next meeting. Proposed visit to Redditch Needle Museum
Following our April Meeting on Victorian Brass Needle Cases, it is hoped to visit the Redditch Needle Museum and members agreed.
One Brush Painting Workshop has been postponed until May as Pam cannot spare use of her workshop as she is going to Australia for April and has work commitments until then , maybe more will think of joining on later date
Skittles next match against Chaddesley Corbett on Feb 22nd
Daffodils now in bloom but need more for next year
Hospital Charity Shop – Margaret said she had received a request to increase our coverage of the running of the Hospital League of Friends Charity Shop in Lombard Street as it was suffering the loss of volunteers and was consequently closed more often especially around the end of the week.
Hartlebury WI have invited members to join them on a Backstage tour of Birmingham Symphony Hall
Thanks – teas – Katie, Mollie and Ann Flowers Dallas
Winners of competition 1st Pam Eves, 2nd Lin Edwards and 3rd Jacki Clark
Next meeting March 14th with Jo Roach talking about Abberley Hall and Clocktower.