Report from Bulphan WI May 2012
By Janet McCheyne
Women’s Institutes all over the country are informing themselves about the rapidly-rising birth-rate in some areas – and particularly within M25 – more complex pregnancies and deliveries and ongoing problems in recruiting, training and retaining midwives. If agreed by the majority of WIs at their AGM at the end of May, the campaign for the coming year will be to urge the government to commit resources to improving midwifery services.
We invited a very experienced local midwife, Janet Wilkins, to come and explain the current situation to us, and to answer our questions. Janet gave us a very valuable insight into current recruiting and training systems, and the workload and pressures on midwives at the moment.
All Bulphan WI members were happy to vote for this resolution.
In September, Rosemary Head, one of our own members, is returning to Tumaini Home of Hope in Mombasa. At this orphanage, up to 70 children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS lead happy and constructive lives, thanks to the vision of Mrs. Joan Smith, a retired probation officer from Kent who went out to Kenya as a nurse. Rosemary will be volunteering in the orphanage and the associated school, and will take with her funds she has collected to help provide much-needed equipment for the home.
After our usual tea with a selection of cakes and the chance to buy Stewart’s happy hens’ eggs, we heard about all the Thurrock, Essex and national WI activities we will have the opportunity to take part in during the coming month. WI members will also help to produce 200 metres of bunting to be used at the Jubilee celebrations and to line the route when the Olympic torch comes to Grays.
At 7.30pm on Wednesday 13th June in Bulphan Village Hall, Sainsbury’s will be promoting their clothing range by staging a fashion show. This is open to anyone to attend, so do feel free to come along and spend an hour or so with us and maybe pick up some ideas for your summer