Anne Frampton, President, warmly welcomed three new members to the meeting. After a decline in numbers it’s good to see we are picking up again and hope even more ladies will join the WI. Although we do still sing Jerusalem, the WI is so much more than that and jam, and senior politicians maintain the WI is a force to be reckoned with!

We have an interesting, varied list of speakers for 2012 and there are opportunities to join in wide- ranging county and national events.

Mrs Marian Scott gave us an insight into the life of a British housewife in Sierra Leone, saying her time there taught her several things – compassion, consideration and to appreciate freedom, democracy and our material assets, such as electricity and clean water. Sierra Leone still remains one of the poorest countries in the world, despite its fertile land, plentiful supply of fish and a wealth of natural resources, due largely to corruption. Mrs Scott donates her fees to Medicine Sans Frontieres who are invaluable in the fight against the many diseases in that country.

Diary dates:

Tues. 31st Jan – Committee meeting at 13 Underhill Crescent at 2.15pm.

Tues. 14th February – WI Lunch in the VH Function room, 12 for 12.30pm.

(No litter pick this month.)

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st February at 2.30pm when Carol McFadzean will speak on “Mrs Treadwin, her lace shop and the local connections”. Any members not present this month are reminded to bring their subs. (£31.50) to this meeting.

Diana de la Rue