Sunday, 9 February 2020

Old Buckenham WI January meeting

Wild life and resolutions

Old Buckenham WI were pleased to welcome a new member to their January meeting.
The speaker for the evening was Gavin Binkerton Jones, a wildlife photographer who has been shortlisted for BBC's Countryfile calendar, for wild life photographer of the year and has had photos published in the national press. He treated members to some stunning pictures of the wildlife around us (mostly taken in Norfolk including Old Buckenham Country Park). Owls featured strongly as well as other birds of prey, kingfishers and a variety of mammals. He gave details of their diets, breeding habits and life cycles. Great patience is required to get such amazing shots.
At this meeting members are required to vote on a selection of resolutions put forward by the National Federation to be acted on by WI this year. The five choices were: 

1) To encourage an increase in stem cell donation, 
2) To create equitable testing for male and female crash test dummies, 
3) To end modern slavery, protect victims and give long term support, 
4) To encourage more discussion about death and dying, 
and 5) To protect our precious helium gas. The majority of members voted for resolution 5. Helium is running out and it cannot be manufactured, without it there will be no such things as MRI scans in the future. The other members voted for resolution 3. The votes from all WIs will be collated and one or two will go forward for discussion and adoption at the National Federation Annual meeting in June.
A report was given on the final celebration in December of Norfolk Federation of WI's Centenary year, a service in St Nicholas chapel, Kings Lynn. A member from each WI attending processed down the aisle with a lit candle in a decorated jar. After the service there were hot drinks and mince pies. Several members from Old Buckenham WI enjoyed the experience.
Vouchers were awarded to the annual winners of the two monthly competitions. Flower of the month was won by Barbara Frost and the monthly exhibition was won by Kathy Fleckney.
The next meeting will be on 
Thursday 27 February when the members will be hearing from someone from the St Martins Trust talking about helping the homeless in Norwich. Come along to the village hall at 7.30pm. 
The following meeting is on Thursday 26 March at 7.30pm in the village hall when the speaker will be Rebecca Tate. Her subject is 'Hats Made from Start to Finish'.

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