Meeting Minutes 2019

Thursday 17th January 2019

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 17th January 2019 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening. 


We were joined by Jill Gibbs from the Community Fire and Rescue Centre at St Neots. 


There was a break for tea and the raffle.


President Update 

Nikki updated the meeting on:

  • Reminding the meeting that membership fees are payable this month – payment by cheque or BACS – see Pat as treasurer for instructions
  • Reminding the meeting that we would be voting on the resolutions this evening – report below
  • Thanked Gill for the cake for the tea break and asked for volunteers for the refreshments rota for each meeting 
  • Thanked the members and their guests for their efforts at the Christmas Fayre; confirming that the total raised for St Neots Acorns was £795.03.
  • Confirmed the officers for the 2019 year being:

                     o President – Nikki Jackson

                     o Secretary – Jayne Evans 

                     o Treasurer – Pat Mulgrew 

                     o Committee – Janet Gomm, Lisa Grant, Gill Jackson, Jade Walch, Gemma Wells

  • Commended the Federation News as a source of additional events in the area 
  • Commended a copy of the new social engagement sheet to the members 
  • Confirmed that the date of the Dec Fayre has been set for 1st Dec 2019
  • Suggested to the meeting a novel of fundraising and upcycling – A Swap Shop at each meeting – where we bring three items to the evening and swap and pay a £1 for anything we want to take away.
  • Resolutions 

  

                        Content                                                                                                               Vote 

Resolution 1 -  Improving plant security in the UK                                                               0

Resolution 2 - Trees- improving the natural landscape                                                       1

Resolution 3 - Pelvic floor education                                                                                       1

Resolution 4 - Suffering in silence; why we need to end the taboo around
                          menstrual health                                                                                               0

Resolution 5 - A call against the decline in local bus services                                           8

Resolution 6 - Don’t fear the smear                                                                                        9


  • Federation Day is in April – Nikki and Gill are going to represent LFLWI – all welcome to join – tickets £14

Secretary Update

Jayne updated the meeting on:

  • Checked that the members had received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of the previous meeting.
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in
  • Commended to the members My WI 
  • Put to the membership the suggestion of supporting two worth local charities this year – Stars – Supporting Young People Facing Grief and Strong for Sampson – carried by the meeting 
  • Correspondence received:

                     o Availability of buying a car park pass for the Fed HQ in Huntingdon

                     o The Federation Produce and Craft Show in September 2019

                     o Premature baby hat knitting pattern for those crafty people interested in knitting for local 

                        baby units

Date of next meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st February at 8.00pm – Jane will be joining us to teach us sign language 

Thursday 21st February 2019

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 21 February 2019 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson and Secretary Jayne Evans sent her apologies due to conflicting work commitments.  


Meeting Speaker

Jane Kennedy gave an interesting and informative demonstration on British Sign Language. 

Following the speaker there were refreshments and the raffle. 


Birthday Club

Phyllis distributed the birthday club chocolates and cards.


Update 

The President updated the meeting on:

- Reminder to pay the subs to Pat for the new membership year 

- Commending a copy of the new social engagement sheet with lots of new events for 2019

  • Bowling on Thursday 28th Feb
  • Brampton WI open meeting 2nd April – Djembe Drums 
  • Visit to Hillings 6th April
  • Afternoon tea at Poppys 13th April
  • 70/80s night at Wyboston 10th May
  • Christmas Fayre – date for diary 1st Dec
  • 8th June – cake stall and another at the end of June date tbc

- In the absence of the Secretary 

  • Checked that all had received a copy of the minutes form the last meeting 
  • Advised that a letter of thanks had been received from Bill Fradin from St Neots Acorn Support Group thanking us for our additional donation 
  • Advised of one piece of correspondence from National WI in respect of the National Board of Trustees
  • Federation Day on 17th April – to be attended by Nikki and Gill – all welcome – tickets required at £14

- Update from the Federation Meeting held 29 Jan 19

  • GDPR
  • Appeal for new members for sub committees and Trustees at Federation in Huntingdon
  • H&P Federation Denman weekend 24-26 July 2019
  • Abbotts Ripon open day feedback
  • Produce and Craft Show 14 September 2019

- Thanked the meeting for the successful upcycling/recycling exchange this month – if an item circulates unclaimed for three months then it will be recycled to the charity shop.


Date of next meeting 

Thursday 21 March 2019  at 8.00pm – in the GREGORY suite, when our speaker will be Ildiko Miklos who will be giving us a talk and a demonstration on Nia – a holistic fitness combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness.   

Thursday 21st March 2019

  

Loves Farm Ladies 

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 21st March 2019 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson, who welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

Phyllis undertook the birthday club presentations for the month.   


There were two speakers for the evening; Lynnette Ellison from one of our chosen Charities for 2019 ‘Strong for Sampson’ to talk about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Ildiko Miklos who gave us a demonstration and interactive session of Nia. 


There was a break for coffee, cake and a raffle followed by our meeting business for the evening. 


President Update 

The President updated the meeting on:

  • Encouraged the ladies to pick up a new social engagement sheet and sign up for anything they fancy 
  • Remarked on how well the trip to the Eat 'n' Bowl had gone in Feb
  • Reminded the ladies about Poppy’s afternoon tea on the 13th April and the 70/80’s night in Wyboston on 10th May – see Lisa re payment 
  • Reminder that we had been invited to Brampton WI open meeting on 2nd April and St Mary’s WI on 3rd April
  • Reminded the meeting about our planned trip to Hillings on 6th April 
  • Commended the Upcycling Stall and set out a rule that if items don’t shift to a member by the 3rd meeting they will be recycled to the charity shop by one of the committee
  • Website has been renewed for another year – lots of info at Lovesfarmladieswi.co.uk
  • St Neots and District Group meeting Monday 24th June 2019 – an evening with Henry the Eighth – should be fun
  • Jane Kennedy who gave the Sign Language talk last month advertised a sign language course in Cambourne Village College on 23 March 10-2.
  • List of upcoming events in the Federation Magazine and the report from LFLWI meetings at the tail end of 2018 

Secretary Update 

The Secretary updated the meeting:

  • The minutes of the meeting held in Feb 2019 were accepted as a true record. 
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the latest H&P WI News on the way in
  • Invitation from the Offords for their open meeting on 9th July 2019 – keep free in the diary
  • Federation Produce and Craft Show 14 September – details of classes and entry arrangements in the Federation
  • Not in my Name competition aiming to end violence against women 
  • A call for input to the Walking Netball feedback process
  • Speakers Forum at Fed HQ on 11th May 2019
  • History Boys play in Peterborough Key Theatre 22-25 May 2019

Date of next meeting 

Thursday 18th April 2019 at 8.00pm where the speaker will be Anthea Moore giving us a demo of encaustic wax just before Easter.    

Thursday 18th April 2019

  

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 18 April 2019 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson, who welcomed the visitors to the meeting.


There was a fascinating and original demonstration by Anthea Moore about the art medium of encaustic wax painting. 


There was a break for coffee, cake and a raffle followed by our meeting business for the evening. 


Phyllis undertook the birthday club presentations for the month; she was thanked by the President for organising this and new members were encouraged to join this bit of fun. 


President Update 

The President updated the meeting on:


  • Encouraged the ladies to pick up a new social engagement sheet and sign up for anything they fancy 
  • Thanked Gill, Janet and Karen for representing LFLWI at Brampton’s open meeting which was the Djembe Drums demo
  • Thanked Gill and Janet for representing LFLWI at the St Mary Afternoon open meeting which involved Ethel Miller chocolates – hardly a chore!
  • Remarked on how well the trip to Hillings Residential Home had gone on 6thApril – the ladies had seemed to enjoy our TV themes quiz and afternoon tea. A return trip will be organised for later in the year.  
  • Noted what a nice time we had at the Poppy’s afternoon tea on the 13th April 
  • Commended the Upcycling Stall and encouraged members to grab a bargain and raise money for our charities at the same time
  • Invitations received from Abbotsley WI open meeting on 12th June – Becoming Queen Victoria’ and Offords WI on 9th July ‘Life of a Bomb Disposal Officer’ – sign-up sheets at the back so we can let the respective WI’s know numbers. 
  • A reminder of our St Neots and District Group meeting Monday 24th June 2019 – an evening with Henry the Eighth – should be fun – sign-up sheet available 
  • Reported back on the Federation Day on Wednesday 17th April – over 250 attendees from all 58 WI Groups in the Federation – Speaker in the afternoon – Simon King who was exceptional 
  • List of upcoming events in the Federation Magazine
  • o Inspiring Women Lunch 8th July Fed HQ
  • o Strictly Murder Mystery 19th July Fed HQ
  • o Ceramic Painting in July at Fed HQ
  • o Denman Day in September 
  • o Produce and Craft Show 14th September at Fed HQ
  • o Mama Mia workshop 21st September at Fed HQ
  • o Day trip to Lavenham 13th July with pick up at Riverside Car Park 


Secretary Update 

The Secretary updated the meeting:

 

  • The minutes of the meeting held in March 2019 were accepted as a true record. 
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the latest H&P WI News on the way in and that they had also received the early distribution of the May edition (remember – no magazine next month!)
  • Pack received from National Fed re arrangements for the Annual General Meeting in Bournemouth in June – we declined to send a delegate this year 
  • Save the date – Climate Lobby 26 June 2019 Westminster 1pm 

Date of next meeting 

Thursday 16th May 2019 at 8.00pm where the speaker will be Emma Saunders of MAGPAS.     

Thursday 16th May 2019

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 16th May 2019 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening. Apologies were received from the Secretary Jayne Evans.


We were joined by Emma Saunders will be coming along to talk about MAGPAS Air Ambulance. 


There was a break for tea and the raffle.


President Update 

Nikki updated the meeting on:

  • Invited Phyllis to undertake the monthly birthday awards
  • A call for volunteers and bakers for Cake and bake stall 8th June 10-3pm Market Square 
  • Jayne’s Jaunt on 15th June 
  • Hillings Residential Home Summer Fair on Saturday 17thAugust [NOTE CHANGE IN REPORTED DATE] – volunteers required for the stall on the day and contributions for the bottle tombola
  • Jordans Mill in Biggleswade on Saturday 7th September. 
  • Downton Abbey film on Sunday 15th September. 
  • Our open meeting on 19th September when we invite members from other local WI groups to join us for the evening. Humour-Columnist and writer will be performing his one man show “Laughter in the Village”. Feel free to bring along your other half, a family member or friend - though no children please. Entrance for non Loves Farm Ladies WI members will be £5 which includes refreshments and a raffle ticket. 
  • Christmas Social - Friday 6th December. Venue is to be confirmed but it will be a pub style Christmas meal – venue tbc. We estimate the cost will be between £25 and £35 and we will be running a Christmas Club to start saving for this over the coming meetings.  
  • Panto in Stevenage again for January 2020. It will be Beauty and the Beast and we will book tickets for Sunday 26th January. Tickets are £18 a person. Again if you want to book tickets and join the Christmas Club to spread the cost of this then please see Lisa.
  • Reported back on the 70s and 80s night at Wyboston Lakes on 10th May was brilliant. Excellent night had by all
  • Commended to the meeting the popularity of the Up-Cycling stall which we will continue to raise funds for our chosen charities this year. 
  • Invitation from Abbotsley WI to their open meeting on Wednesday 12th June at Abbotsley Village Hall at 7.30pm. Their speaker will be Eve Bacon who will present “Becoming Queen Victoria”. 
  • Invitation in from the Offords WI to their open meeting on Tuesday 9th July at Offord Village Hall at 7.30pm. Their speaker will be Lucy Lewis who will be talking about her “Life of a Bomb Disposal Officer”. 
  • St Neots & District Group of WI’s meeting this year is on Monday 24th June at 7.30pm. This year it will be An Audience with Henry VIII! 
  • A couple of our members have expressed an interest in having a craft group and/or a book club. If you are interested in joining one of these then why not sign up. If there is enough interest then you can decide between you when to meet and what you are going to do. Or if anyone has any other ideas for a sub-group of Love’s Farm Ladies WI then do let one of the committee know. 
  • Anthea Moore who gave us the very interesting demonstration on wax art last month has sent us an email to say how much she enjoyed the evening last month and asked me to pass on her thanks to those who bought some of her cards and wax art. She has sent our generous donation of £24.50 to Friends of Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
  • Mamma Mia workshop at the WI Centre on Saturday 21st September 10am-3pm. West End performer Nigel Garton and award winning composer John Hogg will be running this workshop. Places are selling fast so do contact the Federation office asap if you would like to go to this.
  • Day trip to Lavenham on Saturday 13th July which is open to anyone at a cost of £17 a head. Pick up will be at 9am at the Riverside car park. 
  • Advised the meeting that she would not be standing as WI President next year and commended the membership to get more involved in committee activity and consider standing for one of the three Officer Posts.  

Secretary Update

In the absence of Jayne, Nikki:

  • Reminded the meeting that there were no newsletters to be distributed this month having had an early distribution last month.
  • Checked that the members had received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of the previous meeting.

Date of next meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th June at 8.00pm – Bramble Lodge Alpacas will be giving us a talk about Alpacas.

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Meeting Minutes 2018

18th January 2018

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 18th January 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who indicated two immediate matters of importance; Treasurer had sent an email after Christmas to advise that membership fees due by end of Jan 2018 and that there would be an opportunity to vote on the five proposed WI resolutions later in the meeting. 


An interesting and extremely local talk was given by Liz Davies from St Neots Museum on ‘Celtic Loves Farm 2000 years ago’ followed by the tea break and the raffle.


President Update  


The President updated the meeting on: 

  • Suggestion for nominated charity for 2018; following suggestions to the committee and further research, it was suggested to the meeting that we should support St Neots Acorn Cancer Support Group – agreed.
  • Sunday 29th April 2018 – Loves Farm House 2.30-5.00 – afternoon tea – call for bakers and volunteers
  • Sunday 9th Dec 2018 - Loves Farm House 2.30-5.00 – Christmas Bazaar complete with Father Christmas – again call for bakers and volunteers
  • Website under development and should be operational soon.   

Secretary Update  


The Secretary updated the meeting: 

  • The minutes of the meeting held on 16th November 2017 were accepted as a true record.
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the latest H&P WI News on the way in
  • Gave notice of receipt of documents from Fed HQ to publicise and offer for sale merchandise to celebrate the Federation 100 Years – mugs, wine, and prior notice of tea towels and other items.  Details follow in later correspondence.
  • Correspondence received from Fed HQ notifying arrangements for Federation Day on 5th April in St Ives; Nikki and Gemma W to attend from committee plus any other interested members.
  • 4th Feb – Key Theatre in Peterborough – 11.30 – special showing of the film ‘Suffragette’ 
  • Coffee morning for Denman at Fed HQ on Saturday 17th Feb 10-12.30
  • Prior warning – Science Lunch – 16th March – 10.30-2.15 – further details in next months Federation newsletter.   

2018 Resolution Vote President and Secretary took the meeting through the 5 resolutions for vote: 

  1. Positive body image in a digital age
  2. Stop female genital mutilation
  3. Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK
  4. Mental health matters
  5. Healthier mouth, healthier body 

Whilst it was agreed that all resolutions were worthy of our support it was item 4 that gained the majority support – summary voting slip forwarded to Fed HQ.   


Event and Social News 

  • Full list of events in Federation Newsletter at page 6 – suggested that we get together a couple of teams for the jigsaw race on 29th March at Fed HQ.
  • New LFLWI Social event sheet
  • Kirsty made suggestions for other outings planned besides those already listed – feedback to Kirsty for inclusion in future programmes  

AOB  

  • Flyers available for those streets not yet delivered too
  • Rota for baking for future members meeting required – see Gill or the two Janet’s
  • Nikki and Jayne to be interviewed on the Huntingdon Community Radio on 7th Feb 7-8pm. 
  • Congratulations to Emma – our first LFLWI baby is on the way!
  • Janet asked that we all help collect ring pulls from drinks cans and plastic screw tops from milk cartons for charity.  

Date of next meeting  


Thursday 15th February 2018 at 8.00pm where the speaker will be from Body Shop – items will be for sale during the coffee break.

15th February 2018


There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 15th February 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson, who welcomed the visitors and thanked Pat for making cakes for the tea break at the meeting.    


There were two speakers for the evening; firstly Bill Fradin and his wife Margaret from St Neots Acorn Cancer Support Group followed by Yvonne Ashpole and Claire Martin from Body Shop @ Home.  


Bill and Margaret gave an interesting insight to the good works undertaken by the cancer support group and explained how monies raised this year by LFLWI would be put to good use. 


Yvonne and her colleague Claire demonstrated some of the Body Shop products, talked about how the Body Shop was founded and run and outlined how it supported various the charity projects, specifically in respect of a schools project in Uganda that Claire had visited.  Body Shop products were available for sale during the tea break followed by the raffle. 


President Update  


The President updated the meeting on: 

  • Reminded the meeting of the planned cinema trip later in the month and the jigsaw race at Federation in March 
  • Birthday wishes to Jackie and Mary 
  • Contact had been made with the Hillings Residential Home to plan a members visit to entertain the residents
  • Website is now up and running; Lovesfarmladieswi.co.uk 
  • Smart day on Loves Farm coordinated by the Community Chaplin; suggestions of a work party to assist and to do our bit for the Keep Britain Tidy campaign started by the WI in the 50’s 
  • Ramble planned for WI Sports week in September – more details to follow  
  • Reported back on the interview on Huntingdon Community Radio
  • Update on the officers meeting at federation on 30th Jan; centenary events listed in our LFL Upcoming Social Events Flyer 
  • Requirement for volunteers for making our ‘ladybird’ into a mosaic as a contribution to the centenary mosaic at Federation
  • Federation on the lookout for committee members if anyone is interested 
  • Coffee morning on 17th Feb at Federation for Denman funds 
  • Abbots Ripton Hall open weekend 30th June/1st July – volunteers required for the Federation refreshment tent 
  • Federation weekend at Denman 23-25 Nov   

Secretary Update  


The Secretary updated the meeting: 


  • The minutes of the meeting held on 18th January 2018 were accepted as a true record.   
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the latest H&P WI News on the way in 
  • Invitation from Abbottsley WI for their open meeting 14th March 2018  
  • Email from Federation advertising discounted tickets for BBC Countryfile Live 2-5 August 2018 at Blenheim Palace – use the offer code WI for 10% discount by 30 April 2018  

Event and Social News 


  • Full list of events in Federation Newsletter at page. 
  • New LFLWI Social event sheet
  • Thriplow Daffodil weekend 17 March 
  • Bowling at Eat’n Bowl – June 6th  
  • April 29 and Dec 9 – dates for diary for fund raising events      

Date of next meeting


Thursday 15th March  at 8.00pm where the speakers will be our own Christy and Kirsty – giving us a chocolate explosion demonstration ready for Easter.

15th March 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 15th March 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening.  


There was an informative and amusing easy-to-follow demonstration by Christy Fowler and Kirsty Knox on how to build a ‘chocolate explosion’.  


There was a break for tea and the raffle. 


President Update  


Nikki updated the meeting on: 

  • Arrangements for the trip to Thriplow at the weekend 
  • Was sorry to report that Kirsty and Christy had resignation from the Committee but thanked them for all their help.  Nikki also thanked Janet Gomm for volunteering to join the Committee 
  • Distributed the ‘Birthday Club’ chocolate to those deserving it!
  • Thanked Gemma Wells for securing the speaker for our open meeting in September – Mark Edgerton – The Haunted Histories of Huntingdonshire.
  • Reported on the Open meeting in Abbotsley the previous evening – a good evening had by all who attended.  
  • Hilling’s Residential home response to our offer to run a mobile ‘afternoon tea’ – likely to be a couple of dates later in the year. 
  • The LFLWI Afternoon Tea and Spring Fayre end of April – requests for help and donations. 
  • Reminded the meeting if anyone ever needs a lift to the meeting or wants some company to walk up when the nights are darker – just shout and we will do our best to accommodate.  

Secretary Update 


Jayne updated the meeting on: 

  • Checked that the members had received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of the previous meeting. 
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in 
  • Commended to the members My WI
  • Advised for the need for volunteers for the Abbots Ripton Hall Garden Party - Afternoon Tea at the end of Jun – sign-up sheets at the back 
  • Stop Press articles from Federation  
  • Notes of last Federation Annual Day in 2017 
  • Diary orders for 2019 
  • Southwold and Aldeburgh Summer Theatre programme summer 2018   

Treasurers Update  


Pat updated the meeting on both the Federation Financial position and the financial position of LFLWI.  


National and Federation News 


Nikki commended the events in the Federation newsletter; highlighting: 

  • My WI workshop – Monday 30th April at 7pm 
  • Jigsaw race 28th March 2018 – we have a team attending  
  • Nikki and Gemma W are taking the mosaic project forward and may attend a workshop on 21st April   

Upcoming Social Events 

  • New Social Events sheet for collection at the back 
  • Thriplow this coming weekend
  • Cour de Plume burlesque workshop to be arranged shortly 
  • Bowling in June 
  • Mama Mia in July/August when released 
  • 25th June – Group meeting – Peterborough Gospel Choir – all to make effort to attend  

Date of next meeting 


Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th April when Jan Clarke who is a WI member at another branch, will be talking about Diabetes UK and her role in the service.


19th April 2018

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 19th April 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed the visitors and members, whose attention was drawn to the updated Social Engagement sheet available at the meeting and invited questions about it over the tea break.


Meeting Speaker Dr Jan Clark from Diabetes UK gave an interesting and thought provoking talk on her work in the research into the differing types of diabetes and its treatment and prevention.


Following the speaker there were refreshments and the raffle.  


President Update  
The President updated the meeting on: 

  • Phyllis had volunteered to run the Birthday club; new members encouraged to give their birth date and to receive birthday chocolate in due course on the appointed date.  Chocolates were distributed to those participants for April 
  • Afternoon tea and Spring Fayre 29th April – final arrangements for volunteers, donations and bakers. 
  • Two dates for Hillings visits this year; 29 Sept and 17 Nov – volunteers needed to provide a mobile afternoon tea and entertainment for about 20 residents over a couple of hours.  
  • Full list of FEDHQ events in Federation Newsletter at page 6 
  • Reported on the jigsaw night at Fed HQ in March – good time had by all 
  • Call for volunteers at the Fed HQ refreshment tent on 30 June and 1 July at the Abbots Ripton Hall Garden Show  
  • Reported back on the Federation Day on 5th April – attended by Nikki, Gill and Gemma W.  Big thank you to Gemma W and Kim Brown for the foundations of the banner, completed by Nikki, Gill and Jade over Easter.  Pictures of the Parade of Banners on the Facebook page. At the Federation Day a call for volunteers to help children practising reading at school – further details see Nikki  
  • Headlines from Social Engagement sheet
  • Open meetings invites; lists for sign up at the back
  • Bowling in June – needs paying for in May
  • Cake and Bake 23 June Loves Farm Great Get Together  
  • 25 June – Group Open Meeting – 7.30pm
  • 8th July – Kimbolton Fayre and Classic Car Show – trip out 
  • Prior notice – WI Sports Week in Sept – 15th Sept – Ramble to Paxton Pits  
  • Christmas night out – 14 Dec – Wyboston Lakes – deposits needed by May meeting  
  • Panto in Stevenage – 27th Jan 2019  


Secretary Update  

The Secretary updated the meeting: 

  • The minutes of the meeting held on 15th March 2018 were asked to be amended in respect of the paragraph thanking Kirsty and Christy for their service and subsequent resignation from the committee; otherwise they were accepted as a true record. Amended record to be circulated with these minutes.
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the latest H&P WI News on the way in 
  • Gave notice of receipt of documents from Fed HQ, including bulb ordering catalogues; details in respect of the AGM in Cardiff in June along with briefing notes on Mental Health Matters and toolkits on Campaigning and Food Poverty  
  • Correspondence from St Neots Cancer Support Group about the Lions Sponsored Walk at Grafham Water on 13th May 2018 – asking for support if there were volunteers to undertake the Safari Walk.    

Date of next meeting  

Thursday 17th May 2018 at 8.00pm where the speaker will be Tracey Sealey who is a doula (professional birth partner) when she will be talking about modern midwifery and the WI’s influence in the campaign for more midwives.


17th May 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 17th May 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson, who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening.  A special welcome was given to Josette and Sally from Federation. 


Apologies were received from our Secretary, Jayne Evans. 


Meeting Speaker was Tracy Sealey who is a Doula who gave an interesting, informative and amusing talk about her role as a Doula. 


Following the speaker there were refreshments and the raffle. 


President Update: 

The President updated the meeting on: 

  • Birthdays.  Phyllis handed out cards and presents to all those with birthdays in the next month.   
  • Reported back to the members about the success of the Afternoon Tea & Spring Fayre on Sunday 29th April.  Over £600 was taken on the day.  A big thank you to everyone. 
  • Discussed the plans for the Christmas Fayre on 9th December.  Nikki called for volunteers and donations.  The donations will be collected from our next meeting until the event .  There was a lively discussion about the event.  Josette from Federation kindly offered to put on a felt craft morning in preparation for the event and also wanted to have a on 9th December too. 
  • Reminded members to check the new Upcoming Social Events Sheet.  Nikki also asked that if members do sign up for anything that they add a phone number to the sheet in case of any last minute changes.  Also do indicate if you would like a lift. 
  • Reminded members that we have been invited to some other WI groups open meetings so do go along if you are interested.
  • Reminder of the Bowling on Wednesday 6th June. 
  • Reminder of the Cake and Bake stall at Love’s Farm Great Get Together on Saturday 23rd June.  Nikki asked for volunteers to bake and help on the day. 
  • Reminder of St Neots & District WI Group Open Meeting on Monday 23rd June at 7.30pm.  Peterborough Community Gospel Choir will be there.
  • Reminder to sign up for Holly Jolly night at Wyboston Lakes and pay your deposit. 
  • Reminder to sign up for the pantomime in Stevenage on Sunday 27th January next year. 
  • Reported that we had heard back from Diabetes UK thanking us for Dr Jan Clark’s donation of her speakers fee after our meeting last month. 
  • Reminded members to have a look at the Federation Newsletter and highlighted that volunteers were still needed for Abbots Ripton. 
  • Pointed out that the Meet the Federation meeting was in St Neots on Monday 11th June at 7.30pm at St Neots Voluntary Welfare Association in Church Walk. 
  • Reminded members to have a look at the Federation social events and book in the usual way. 
  • LFLWI were mentioned in this month’s magazine and they have kindly also published one of our photos in Around the WIs (pages 8 and 10). 


Secretary Report 

Nikki gave the Secretary report in Jayne’s absence: 

  • The minutes of the meeting held on 19th May 2018 were accepted as a true record. 
  • Reminded members to order bulbs before 1st June. 
  • Ask members to vote on whether you support the resolution going to NFWI 2018 Annual Meeting or not (Mental Health Matters).  The vote was taken and counted by Pat Mulgrew.  Filled in form was handed to Sally Dally to take back to Federation office. 

The President asked if there was any other business.  There was none. 


Date of next meeting 

Thursday 21st June at 8pm where the speaker will be Sian Fox.  Her talk is “It shouldn’t happen to a home economist”. She is a National Food Demonstrator and has, for example, worked with Jamie Oliver on campaigns.  This talk will be linked with the WI Healthy Living and Wellbeing Week

21st June 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening.  


Linked with the WI Healthy Living and Wellbeing Week, there was an interesting, amusing and informative talk by Sian Fox – ‘it shouldn’t happen to a home economist’ recounting her time as a National Food Demonstrator.


There was a break for tea and the raffle. 


President Update  

Nikki updated the meeting on: •

  • Tracking down the LFLWI aprons that went awry at the Spring Fayre.  
  • Birthday club cards and gifts were awarded to the ladies with birthdays this month 
  • Drew attention to the upcoming social events sheet – new dates to note; 22nd  July trip to the cinema to see Mama Mia 2 and our planned afternoon tea on 6th Oct at Poppies.   
  • Congratulated those who attended the bowling night on a fun couple of games  
  • The planned bake sale on 23rd June at the Loves Farm Great Get Together – call for bakers and volunteers 
  • The planned Group Open Meeting on 25th June at the Reform Church  
  • Early Birds invitation to their Open Meeting on 9th July 
  • Reminded of the date of the Christmas Fayre on 9th Dec   

Secretary Update 

  • Jayne updated the meeting on: Checked that the members had received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of the previous meeting. 
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in 
  • Commended to the members My WI  
  • Advised for the continued need for volunteers for the Abbots Ripton Hall Garden Party - Afternoon Tea at the end of Jun – contact Fed HQ if available and to commend the Garden Show for those who just wish to visit  
  • Stop Press articles from Federation 
  • Note of Fenstanton open gardens 23/24 June  
  • Invite from Bretton Belles Tai Chi Session on 10th Sept 
  • Request from Fed HQ to participate in some independent research by Dr Naomi Griffin   into veganism  
  • Dr Dolittle at Hilton Village Green on 30th June 
  • Report from Rosemary Parsons from Brampton WI as delegate at 2018 WI AGM in Cardiff 
  • Fed HQ trip to see A Christmas Carol in London on Weds 12 Dec 
  • Invite from Stageworks in respect of the Cambridgeshire Youth Ballet company performance of Alice in Wonderland on 27/28 Oct at Hinchingbrooke PAC  

National and Federation News 

Nikki commended the events in the Federation newsletter; highlighting that we had been asked to decorate the table in the Federation Office Foyer in November – suggestion for themes gratefully received. 


Upcoming Social Events 

New Social Events sheet for collection at the back  


Date of next meeting 

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th July when the speaker will be Iona Clarke – sugar craft demonstration.  Note = change of room for next meeting – we will be in the big room.


Meeting Minutes

19th July 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 19th July 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening. Nikki congratulated member Emma Charles (in her absence) on the birth of her little boy – a card from the LFLWI to be signed during the course of the evening. 


There was to have been a demonstration by Iona Clarke – sugar craft demonstration.  Unfortunately she was unavailable, so a hastily put together Quiz formed the entertainment for the evening.  


There was a break for tea and the raffle.  


President Update  

Nikki updated the meeting on: 

  • Tracking down the LFLWI aprons that went awry at the Spring Fayre.  
  • Birthday club cards and gifts were awarded to the ladies with birthdays this month 
  • The £140 raised for Little Acorns Cancer support group – bringing the amount raised close to £500 
  • The District Group meeting on 25th June – a good time had by all 
  • The successful Early Birds open meeting and the Yelling Garden Party attended by LFLWI ladies
  • Reported back on the Abbotts Ripton Garden Show – fantastic gardens – pity the WI Refreshment tent wasn’t better utilized on the Saturday.  
  • New social sheet at the back for collection – highlighting WI Sports week event – Jayne’s Jaunt on 15th September – ramble to Paxton Pits – varying walk lengths available
  • Poppys afternoon tea 6th Oct
  • LFLWI Open Meeting 20th September – Mark Edgerton – Haunted History of Huntingdonshire – put to the meeting if ok to extend invite to spouses of WI visitors – agreed that a visitor is a visitor regardless of sex 
  • Invites from St Neots WI on 18th Sept 7.30 – Umble the Hearing dog and Little Paxton WI on 15th Oct where the Southonian Singers will be performing 
  • Reminded of the date of the Christmas Fayre on 9th Dec

Treasurers Update

Pat gave a short report on the LFLWI accounts and set out the timetable for submitting the accounts for review by the independent financial officer.



Secretary Update 

Jayne updated the meeting on: 

  • Apologised for the non-circulation of the minutes from the meeting on 21st June and assured the meeting they would be circulated with the minutes of todays meeting 
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in 
  • Commended to the members My WI  
  • Advised of the receipt of the Fed HQ yearbook 
  • Advised of the June NFWI June mailing including the Annual meeting Information, Public Affairs information and General information in respect of Board Elections, GDPR guidance and MCS registration   


National and Federation News

  •  Nikki commended the events in the Federation newsletter; advising that Gemma, Jade and Nikki had completed the LFLWI mosaic and arrangements would be made to drop it to Fed HQ for inclusion in the Centenary Mosaic at FEQ HQ.  To be unveiled on 13th October Gemma and Lisa to represent LFLWI at the event 
  • Nikki commented on the receipt of WI Life Magazine for July and August  

Upcoming Social Events 

New Social Events sheet for collection at the back  


Date of next meeting 

Our next meeting is on Thursday 16th August when the speakers will be the ladies from the Respiratory Physiologists from Hinchingbrooke Hospital.


16th August 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 16th August 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm. 


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening.  


We were joined by our own Gemma Wells and Melanie Bryce from the Respiratory Physiology Department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital who informed and demonstrated to us regarding our lungs.   


There was a break for tea and the raffle.  


President Update  

Nikki updated the meeting on: 

  • Social sheet additions such as Jayne’s Jaunt to Paxton Pits on 15th September as a precursor to WI Sports Week and the planned afternoon tea at Poppy’s on 6th October.
  • Reminded the meeting about our open meeting on 20th September where the speaker would be Mark Egerton the author of ‘The Haunted History of Huntingdonshire’  
  • Invites from St Neots WI for 18th September  - Umble the Hearing dog and Little Paxton WI – 15th October – Southonian Singers 
  • Reminded the meeting about our planned visit to the Hillings residential home on 29th September and asked for volunteers to sign up 
  • Nikki’s pinny is still missing after the Spring Fayre 
  • Reminded the meeting that all donations for the Christmas Fayre on 9th December are now welcome! 
  • Commended the Federation News as a source of additional events in the  area   

Secretary Update 

Jayne updated the meeting on: 

  • Checked that the members had received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of the previous meeting.  
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in  
  • Commended to the members My WI   
  • Correspondence received: 
  • o Peterborough Museum calling for volunteers 
  • o Stop Press from Fed HQ o Catworth WI gauging interest in a November talk from Peterborough Hospital 
  • o Free Sports Week activities with One Leisure 17-23 September 
  • o Call for National Training Team members with experience of financial matters to become IFE Trainers  
  • o New member leaflets coming next month   

Date of next meeting 

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th September – Open Meeting – all welcome – friends, husbands, and partners – to hear Mark Egerton the author of ‘The Haunted History of Huntingdonshire’.   Tickets for non-members £5.00 to include a raffle ticket and refreshments


20th September 2018

There was a meeting of the LFLWI at the St Neots FC at 8.00pm on Thursday 20th September.  This was our second Open Meeting where we welcomed representatives from the other WI in the area.  


The meeting was opened by the President Nikki, who illustrated the timetable for the evening and then asked representatives Bill Fradin and Malcolm Freeman from our chosen charity for the year, St Neots Acorns Cancer Support Group to step forward and receive our fundraising cheque of £533.63.  The President thanked the ladies for the bakes and help at the sales to raise this cash. 


After the presentation the President introduced the evenings speaker; Mark Everton author of ‘The Haunted History of Huntingdonshire’. 


Mark gave an interesting and informative insight to the haunted properties in the locale. After a vote of thanks, the refreshments were served.  

The excellent raffle followed.  


After the social elements of the evening the President presented the remainder of the evenings business.

  

* A big thanks to the refreshment providers of the evening

* Phyllis presented the birthday club gifts 

* Thank you to those who joined ‘Jayne’s Jaunt’ ramble to Paxton Pits last Saturday 

* The visit to the Hillings is postponed from the coming weekend due to a spate of D&V but we still plan on attending on 17 November 

* Poppy’s Tea Room visit is still on for Sat 6 June at 3.30 

* Reminder regarding Little Paxton Open Evening on 15 Oct at 7.45 - Southonian Singers 

* Reminder regarding our Christmas Fayre on 9th Dec; call for volunteers for sellers, bakers and goods to sell 

* Reminder regarding payments for Christmas events required in early November- make arrangements to pay Lisa at the Oct meeting please

Secretary checked that:

* the minutes of the last meeting had been received and they were a true record of the business 

* members had picked up their copy of the Fed HQ Newsletter on their way in 

* members were aware of the subject matters of correspondence received from Fed HQ and invited them to review in detail if interested at the meeting in November given the time constraints of the evening 

President closed the meeting having remained the meeting of the events set out in the Fed HQ newsletter 


Date Of Next Meeting: 18 Oct 2018 at the St Neots FC where the speaker is to be Police Community Support Officer Daniel Grant. 


18th October 2018

There was a meeting of the Loves Farm Ladies WI on Thursday 18th Oct 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8.00pm.


The meeting was chaired by the Secretary Jayne Evans; President, Nikki Jackson and Treasurer Pat Mulgrew both sent their apologies due to holiday. 


Jayne welcomed the visitors and members; members’ attention was drawn to the requirement to take nominations for the new committee year, before the AGM in November.  


Meeting Speaker

Mrs Mary Blackhurst Hill from ‘House of Colour’ gave an interesting and amusing demonstration on the impact of using the correct colours of clothes and accessories and an insight to dressing for your body type and shape. 


Following the speaker there were refreshments and the raffle. 


Birthday Club

Phyllis distributed the birthday club chocolates and cards.


Update 

The Secretary updated the meeting on:

  • Full list of FEDHQ events in Federation Newsletter at page 6, but highlighted the Christmas Fayre at Fed HQ on 17th November
  • Notification of the Cambridge Ghost Story play in the first week of December
  • Gemma and Lisa reported back on the Federation Mosaic unveiling on 13th October
  • Headlines from Social Engagement sheet
  • Christmas night out – 14 Dec – Wyboston Lakes – full payment required by end of October – transport arrangements to be discussed at next meeting 
  • Reported back on the trip to Poppy’s Tea Rooms – very successful afternoon out on 6th October
  • Panto in Stevenage – 27th Jan 2019 – payment required in November
  • Hillings visit on 17th November
  • Xmas Fayre 9th Dec – never too early to plan or to receive all donations for bric a brac, etc Bakers and volunteers for the day too please.

Date of next meeting 

Thursday 15th Nov 2018 at 8.00pm – our AGM – members reminded to bring a plate of food for sharing at our social to follow the business of the evening.  

15th November 2018

There was a meeting of the Love’s Farm Ladies WI on Thursday November 15th 2018 at the St Neots Football Club at 8pm.


The meeting was chaired by the President, Nikki Jackson who welcomed visitors and set out the agenda for the evening. 


The meeting would be in two distinct parts; normal monthly business followed by the AGM. 


As the meeting encompassed the AGM, Jerusalem was sung as agreed previously.  


The planned speaker was not available; therefore Phyllis spoke about a Toilet Twinning charity that she was supporting and Nikki gave us a summary report on her fantastic holiday to Vancouver and Hawaii.    


President Update 

Nikki updated the meeting on:

  • Change in date of the Federation Carol Service from 1st Dec to 15th Dec – apologised due to the rearrangement of the date we were no longer running a trip given timing – following our Friday night Christmas Party.  Centenary Banners to be displayed at the Carol Service so if anyone intends to go – please do take the banner
  • Big thank you to Kim Brown, Janet Gomm, Gill Jackson, Pat Mulgrew, Jade Walch and Gemma Wells for putting together the Federation Office table display for November – Women at War – well done! 
  • Reminded the meeting that the planned visit to Hillings Residential home is occurring on Sat 17th Nov – those who have volunteered to bake/makes sandwiches/be there it starts at 4pm
  • Christmas Fayre arrangements all finalised for 9th December 1.30 to 4.00; cakes, helpers, decorators all required – please chat to committee in the break. 
  • Christmas Party in Wyboston 14th Dec at 7.00 sharp – talk to Lisa if you need a lift
  • Suggestions for charity/ies to support next year gratefully received by committee – add to list in the break. 
  • Programme for 2019 in finalisation and will be published before Christmas -  big thanks to Gemma and Lisa  
  • Pat will be sending out subs reminders in the New Year – watch out for that – feel free to bring new members to join us in the new year
  • Checked that all those who wished to be considered for committee for 2019 had nominated themselves at the October meeting.  As committee quorum is 10 and we received 9 nominations to date and no others stepped forward – those 9 would comprise committee for 2019.  Gemma Jarvis was stepping down from committee in 2019 and the meeting sent their thanks for her service the past 2 years.

Secretary Update

Jayne updated the meeting on:

  • Checked that the members had  received a copy of the last minutes and that they were a true record of  the previous meeting.
  • Checked that members had picked up a copy of the Federation Newsletter on the way in
  • Commended to the members My WI 
  • Correspondence received:
    • 200 club raffle from Federation – see Jayne if interested 
    • Snuggle Bear fidget toy pattern for knitting
    • Dementia Carers  - Support Service – Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS calling for       volunteers to help support those caring for people with dementia
    • Advertising regarding the sale of the remainder of the Federation Centenary stock
    • Stop Press – resolution selection timetable; fidget toy; declutter for Denman. 

[AGM – reported separately in 2019] 


There was a break for a festive tea and the Christmas Extravaganza raffle.      


Date of next meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th January 2019; Jill Gibbs will be talking about the Community Fire and Rescue Service


In addition, we will be discussing the proposed resolutions for 2019 NFWI AGM in June and voting to determine which resolution we wish to support from our WI.