On Thursday the 9th of May, Jen opened the meeting with several apologises from absent members. Mary was thanked by Jen for the lovely table flowers and the birthday posies she had made.
The month of May is our Resolutions Meeting. This year the resolutions were “Local Bus Services” and ‘The Smear Test.”
Penny arranged for a small party of members to attend the Centenary Embroidery Exhibition in the Old Chapel Textile Centre, Greenham, Newbury, all those going will share cars to the venue.
Penny also asked for names of all those people who would like to attend an evening run by Hotter Shoe Shop in Windsor. One of those people will get the chance to win a pair of Hotter shoes at the end of the evening.
Holyport are hosting the Group Meeting this year on the 23rd May at Holyport Memorial Hall . Refreshments will be provided by us and the talk will be on the French Resistance. A book circulated for members to put down their names to provide cakes and pastries and offers of help for the Holyport Fair on June the 15th.
Our two Craft groups are ongoing, Scrabble and Poetry continue to be held every month and Ann M runs a newly formed Book club.
Janet’s walks are regularly attended by at least 7 people sometimes up to 12. This months walk, number 51 will be held in Sonning. Janet gave details to all those present. She reminded us it is very important to please let her know if you are going to attend the walks.
A collection for ACWW raised on one of our walks, plus at the meeting, raised £62.
Then we went on to Diane reading out the two resolutions. Firstly, the local Bus services in this country. She said how a lot of rural and semi rural services had declined. This can lead to social exclusion, depression and and low quality of life for some. A discussion took place and all present voted in favour of this resolution.
Diane spoke of the decline in women attending the routine Smear Tests. The research Diane had done led her to discover that the set days and times of the clinics are not always convenient for a lot of people. We also learnt from Diane that although young teenage girls can now have an injection to protect them against a certain type of cervical cancer, they will still have to attend a clinic to have the smear test after the age of 25 years.
The vote was in favour of this resolution, also.
A break for refreshments followed and then Siobhan Pilkington judged our colouring competition. Jen came 1st, Ann M 2nd and Pauline J was 3rd. Penny won the flower of the month competition.
The meeting closed at 10 o’clock.