Two schoolgirls, both called Hannah, making their presentations.
At our February meeting, we welcomed several visitors and two new members. Coleshill School assistant head and history teacher Catherine Larkin introduced girls from the school, two of them named Hannah, who gave presentations on several famous women including black activist and writer Maya Angelou and the South African anti-Apartheid campaigner Ruth First. After the presentations, they led a discussion with members who were invited to choose their own favourite high-profile women. These included the Queen, novelist George Eliot, Nurse Edith Cavell and Lady Godiva.
Our members then tried to identify pictures of famous women on the wall, among them Venus Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Fry, Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Barbara Castle and Nobel Peace prizewinner Malala Yousafsai.
We enjoyed refreshments including a delicious spicy fruitcake made by Elaine Partridge to celebrate her birthday. Marjorie Power who is recovering in a nursing home from hip surgery after a painful fall wrote to thank everyone for their cards and good wishes.
As it was Valentine’s Day, our competition was for a Valentine to a famous woman, which Mal Downes won with her joky effort addressed to Teresa May:
“The touch of your hand was so thrilling
I wonder if you would be willing
To migrate to my Tower,
My Republican bower
For delights that could be so fulfilling.
All my love,
PS Don’t tell Melania!
The Warwickshire Federation of WIs asked us to donate unwanted jewellery, watches, clocks and stamps to raise funds for the Associated Countrywomen of the World of which the WI is a member. The Treasurer announced that all but one of our members had paid their £39 annual WI subscription.
Our dozen Christmas Child shoeboxes were among thousands from the UK sent out by lorry to deprived children in Romania.
Our next meeting is on March 14th at 7.30 in the Town Hall when we will learn to make a needle-felted bird. The competition will be for a bowl of bulbs grown by a member. At the following meeting, on April 11th, our speaker will talk on the Tame Valley Wetland Project and the competition will be for a home-decorated Easter bonnet. Visitors welcome as always.