Our speaker on 8th January was Mrs Roma Patten talking about “Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW)”.  The W.I. is a member society of ACWW, an NGO which works in partnership with its members, offering mutual support, friendship and practical help to women and communities around the world. ACWW has over 460 member societies active in over 70 countries, with a “voice” on the UN. ACWW also funds small scale local development projects which are requested by local women to suit their needs.  The current Devon W.I. Federation Project is in Ghana “To recruit 40 practising but untrained birth attendants in 20 villages in basic midwifery and safe child birth”.

A visit arranged to the Met Office on Saturday, 1st February at 1.00 p.m. (need to take I.D.)

“Winter Warmers” lunch at Sailing Club on Tuesday, 25th February.

Visit to Quicke’s Dairy followed by pub lunch on Tuesday, 25th March (not 26th as in previous report).

Following lively discussion, members voted for the Resolution “Campaign against female genital mutilation” to be selected for the National W.I. 2014 campaign. Our next meeting “Local Ladies, Local Lives” (a pot pourri by members) is on Wednesday, 5th February, at 2.30 p.m. in the Committee Room of the Village Hall. Further information phone Diana de la Rue on 01395 274099.

 

Heather Stratford