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In May, we held our annual ‘Resolutions’ meeting, when members vote on issues of national importance. Two of our committee members attended a presentation by two speakers who gave up-to-date and detailed information about the 2019 resolutions.
The first calls for action from local and national government against the decline in bus services. A member of the Campaign for Better Transport spoke about the huge decline, particularly in rural areas, but also on the fringes of towns, leading to loneliness, isolation and difficulty in accessing services.

The second resolution is ‘Don’t Fear the Smear’. There is concern that the number of women attending screening is falling and that attendance is lowest in young women, which could be because of a misconception that the HPV vaccine offered to teenage girls protects against all types of the virus. One interesting idea being piloted is to send out home testing kits.

We voted both resolutions through, so in June, delegates will take them to our AGM in Bournemouth, after which the chosen resolution will become our campaign for Government action. Over the past 100 years, the WI has campaigned on issues such as a ban on smoking, equal pay and Keep Britain Tidy.

After voting, members quickly demolished dishes of sweets and chocolates while they designed and made a name badge (useful as we have 48 members!).

On 10 May, members once again ‘yarn-bombed’ the Kibworth Community Library garden to add colour to their Spring Fete. Elmer the Elephant was the theme, so some members knitted elephants for the children’s section to add to the fun.

Radio Leicester came to the Grammar School Hall on 30 May to record ‘Down to Earth’, part of a programme by Dave Andrews on Sundays. The audience were asked to submit gardening questions to a panel of experts, which made for an interesting evening, not least by giving us an insight into how programmes are produced. We provided home-made cakes and drinks, which went down well!

Members enjoyed the Mikron Theatre’s production of ‘All Hands on Deck’ in Market Harborough. This is a timely story of two young Wrens entering what is a man’s world, serving with the Royal Navy during the war. The show pays tribute to all those wartime women who pushed the door of opportunity wide open. There are only four talented actors who are also singers and musicians, but they play several characters. They tour the country by narrow boat during the summer, performing in venues close to canals.

On Thursday 11 July at 7.30pm in the Grammar School hall, Alison Briggs will talk about Mercy Ships.

Pat Sharman
Issue 413
June 2019

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