WI events are like buses and I’ve been busy. First with the Lonely Bouquet Project at the beginning of May. The WI collaborated with the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies to spread a little joy. They encouraged members to make small bouquets of flowers and leave them for random strangers to find. I made a few small posies and had fun leaving them on the top of post boxes and by bus stops for people to discover and hopefully cheer them up. They were tagged with details of the Swallowtail WI so we might even get some new members.
I was invited to a Presidents Reception at Federation Office, one of a number of events this year to bring together the presidents of the hundred and sixty six WIs in Norfolk. I went to a cheese and wine tasting evening and it was great to meet other presidents and discuss the trials and challenges we and our WIs face. I was amazed at just how many things we had in common, from the older established WIs to the newer ones like the Swallowtails, no matter how large or small our memberships , we all had similar experiences. It helped to realise that you weren’t alone and to get tips from people who had “been there and done that”. I was reminded that we all have far more in common than we realise. I enjoyed the evening immensely and hope it will become a regular feature.
Out of ten teams the Swallowtails came third and fourth. My team didn’t do so well. Our jigsaw of a horse rider going over a jump had so many shades of green that my eyes started to blur. Some people gave up after two hours but I refused to leave until our jigsaw was finished. In true WI spirit lots of other teams came to help and I triumphantly put the last piece in place, just half an hour over time.
EDP WI Week for 27th May 2017 - Claire Wade
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