Haughton WI Report
Just to update all Members on the ‘behind the scenes’ functioning of the WI. Since our AGM on March 2nd we were forced to go into ‘lockdown’, but this has not meant that your Committee has had no function. Our very able President, Laurie, has spent many hours working on the archives, also updating, together with PamWillis, all member’s details to enable the WI to, where possible, circulate any news by email.
I can now confirm that Haughton WI held its first, socially distancing, Committee meeting on Monday 7th September, in the Village Hall, with everyone following the stringent rules provided by the Village Hall Committee to conform to the present Covid restrictions.
The meeting began with the sad announcement of the loss of two of our Members, Doreen Wheatcroft and Trina Busby, both having been stalwart Members of the WI over many years. We now have 49 Members. The election of all officers took place and all Committee members were allocated specific jobs. Lynne Bowering was welcomed as a new Committee member.
Monday 7th September 2020 was a very special day, it being the 100th Birthday of Haughton WI. Any celebrations planned for this are, obviously, postponed, but the Village WI sign is in the process of being renovated and will carry the new inscription Haughton WI 1920 -2020 Our very full programme of guest speakers for 2020/21 have, generally, all been transferred to the 2021/22 year, with grateful thanks to Trina Ritchie for arranging this. Our Christmas meal, scheduled for 28th November 2020, is being re-scheduled for Saturday 27th November 2021. On a lighter note, the annual WI subscriptions, normally due on the first meeting in January, will now not be due until April 2021!!
Finally, a very big thank you to Peter Skelson and the Village Hall Committee for all the tremendous amount of work they have all put in, and continue to do after each use, to make the Village Hall so very able to cater for attendees during these very difficult Covid times.