Women’s Institute

Here you can find all the up to date minutes for the Biddestone and Hartham Women’s Institute. If you are not a member and would like to be please come down to the Biddestone Village Hall at 2pm-4pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, all are welcome! The next meeting will be on the 15th of May.

Record of meeting of Biddestone & Hartham Women’s Institute, 15th May 2019

Every year in May W.I.s across the country hold their Resolutions meetings when resolutions, chosen by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes out of a large number put forward  by members, are debated. A vote is then taken as to whether they should be selected to go forward to the A.G.M. at Bournemouth in June for further debate.

This year the two resolutions chosen are:-

1. “A call against the decline in local bus services”

2. “Don’t fear the smear”

After a lively discussion it was decided to vote for both resolutions going forward to the A.G.M. There had been unanimous agreement on the second one as it is so important for women’s health.  There  had been a few doubts about the first but overall it felt worth voting for.

At the next W.I. meeting on June 19th there will be a talk on Dorothy House. 2pm for 2.15pm at the Village Hall. All welcome.

Record of meeting of Biddestone & Hartham Women’s Institute, 15th May 2019
Val Ringham, President, welcomed 11 members. An apology had been received from
Alison Flint.
The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed as a correct record
Matters arising
Val S-J says the Village Hall does not have a loop system but she will ask at the next
Village Hall Committee meeting whether they are prepared to buy some equipment.
Carol has made some posters for the Cake and Plant Sale to be put up around the
village. A list was circulated for offers of cakes.
Betty had received an e-mail from Gillian Sheldrake to say that unless more tickets
were sold for the Eric Knowles event it was in danger of being cancelled.
Nothing has been done about the charity project to support homeless women, by
making waterproof bags to act as pillows but also to be filled with suitable items
from the list supplied, but Val R. thought we should make this a project for later in the

Val R. reported that John Draper had rung her, kindly offering their garden for our
Garden Party but she explained that the Manor had already been booked for this year
and thanked him very much for his offer.
The two resolutions chosen by NFWI were then debated.
“The Decline in Local Bus Services” and “Don’t fear the smear”
There was some lively discussion. There were one or two doubts about the first one,
but overall it was felt worth putting forward. There was unanimous support for the
second as it is so important for women’s health.
Val ended the meeting by reading out answers to the challenge as to what three items
to take on a desert island and why, and then gave out the Word Wheel challenge for
the June meeting.