At our May meeting, we welcomed Yvonne Trivett from Packington and Maxstoke WI, who will be our local delegate at the National WI AGM at Liverpool in June We voted in favour of both the resolutions to be debated there but gave her discretion to change her vote on our behalf if she thought there was a good reason for voting against. The two resolutions are on Alleviating Loneliness and the pollution of our oceans by ‘Micro-Plastic Soup’, which is created by micro-plastic fibres shed by synthetic clothing at every wash. The Federation is calling on Government and Industry to research and develop innovative solutions to this problem. Mrs Trivett will report back at our next meeting after the AGM to let us know the outcome of the vote.

Marie Stephenson of Love Coleshill gave a lively presentation on how the organisation works to promote local businesses, events and services. She gave out loyalty cards which can be stamped at participating shops and businesses to accrue £5 vouchers and she also presented eye-catching fabric shopping bags with the Love Coleshill logo to each member.

After refreshments Jane Mills set out a variety of different coloured papers, cards and decorative trims with which members experimented and made unique greetings cards.

Brenda Sheard won the competition for an unusual bracelet with her Norwegian silver piece. Second was Christine Jones with her chain from Holland bearing the names and tiny coats of arms of all the Dutch states, brought back for her by her uncle when he returned from fighting in Germany during World War II. Jane Hewitt was third with a striking silver link Indian bracelet decorated with elephants, swords and turquoises.

On August 8th at 7.30pm, we are holding a cheese and wine party at the Town Hall with a demonstration. This will be free for members and £4 for visitors

At our June meeting the speaker Sarah Hosking will talk on the history and design of Coventry Cathedral. The competition is for a sandwich with a vegetarian filling. Visitors welcome as always.

The pictures show Coleshill WI members making greetings cards using a variety of materials and some of the cards they made.

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