Sunday, 10 June 2018

Resolution time in Old Buckenham

Busy time for WI
Each year resolutions are submitted deemed worthy for the Women's institute to campaign on. Short listed to one or two, these are discussed and voted on by each WI throughout the country at their May meetings.
Two members of Old Buckenham WI had been to an information day and gave a very clear report on this year's resolution on Mental Health Matters. After a great deal of discussion, members decided to vote against the resolution with just two abstentions. It was considered that there was no clear way in which the WI could influence policy due to the nebulousness of the wording of the resolution.
President, Kate Lloyd gave a report on the WI Federation Annual Meeting which she and three members had attended. The speakers were Davina Tanner of Britannia Enterprises, responsible for the Britannia Cafe at Norwich Prison and Tim Bentinck, David Archer from the radio show.
Congratulations were given to the team of Gill Freitag, Barbara Frost, Susan Hunter and Doris Monkhouse who had won the Norfolk annual inter WI quiz held at Hempnall. The downside being that Old Buckenham have to set and host next year's quiz!
On the previous day ten members and three husbands were lucky enough to visit Snetterton Renewable Energy Plant. This Biomass energy facility became operational in April 2017 and burns straw, oil seed rape, miscanthus and woodchip to produce enough electricity to supply 82,000 homes saving 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and producing little or no harmful pollutants. After refreshments and an introduction, everyone donned hard hats, hi-vis vests, goggles and gloves for a tour of the impressive plant. Many thanks go to Barbara Ives for organising this fascinating visit.
The next WI meeting is on Thursday 28 June when Liz Keeble will be talking on 'you are what you think'. Then on Thursday 26 July Jon Read will give a talk on Stainless Steel Tableware with the evening's competition being for a piece of stainless steel.

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