Towcester Evening WI
Following the Government Guidelines, Towcester Evening WI had to cancel both their April and May meetings, however, members "came together" to keep the WI community spirit going and draw on their various skills to remain involved in different ways.
Towcester Evening WI held their first-ever virtual meeting via Zoom in April, and intend to do the same for their May meeting. "It was great that even those members who were not very confident with IT had a go and succeeded in joining us. Almost half our members are over 70 and many are 80+", says President Sue Hamilton.
Committee meetings are also held via Zoom. Those members with sewing skills have made drawstring bags for NHS staff scrubs to go directly into washing machines thus reducing the risk of contamination in their own homes. Towcester WI has also been collecting hand cream for NHS workers and the Gardening Team has donated flowers to staff and residents of Ridgway House Care Home as they are missing flowers normally brought in by visitors. There are other plans in the pipeline to help NHS staff at local hospitals and GP surgeries too.
And of course, members are checking up on each other, shopping for them, collecting prescriptions, baking, tending the WI planters, providing members with up to date information on grocery and meal deliveries, providing craft ideas and recipes, electronic newsletters and much more!
It is good to see that despite these challenging times the WI organisation find ways to help members and keep the WI spirit going. Thank you for your contribution to all the individual federations and WIs - it is much appreciated!