Report from Bulphan WI May 2013
By Janet McCheyne
Phew! Now that the Federation of Essex WIs has moved AGM dates, we had such a lot of business to get through at our May meeting. We took time to welcome visitor Carol Moring and brand new member Dot Porter, and of course the discussion of the important matter of our wine-tasting outing to new Hall Vineyards also took priority! We will be leaving Bulphan Village Hall at 6.45pm, but places must be pre-booked with Sally. Many complimentary thank you letters were read out from visitors who had attended our birthday party Cabaret Evening last month.
We will be enjoying the bluebells at Belhus Country Park again on May 21st, leaving Bulphan Village Hall at 10am. Anyone is welcome to join us – not just WI members.
Our Annual Meeting resulted in all the original committee being re-elected, with the very welcome addition of Jan Curtis and Rose Head, who will bring some fresh ideas to the meetings.
Finally, after refuelling with tea and cakes, we debated the WI’s national concern: the decline of the local high street. There certainly was a lively debate on this, covering the reasons we thought High Streets were declining, those shops and services we did use in the High Street, those we missed, and, of course, parking issues. We felt that encouraging WI members to use all their local shops – including village shops and local parades – was a priority. Members voted to support the resolution, and also expressed support for a “Tesco tax” initiative which has worked well in Northern Ireland, where large retailers pay a local levy of 8½% which goes to support local businesses. Mary Wellman will travel to Cardiff in June to represent our views.
Programmes for our WI are available in Bulphan Village Shop and guests are always welcome to our meetings – first visit free, then £3 a time. We realise that women these days often have a great number of commitments outside the home, so if your circumstances make it difficult to become a member at this time, we would still be really pleased to see you from time to time as a visitor.