The Dining Group continued to flourish and a new “Ballet Class” for members was started by Peg.
During the year members had been asked to write a short story about their childhood. Thirty Seven member’s submitted stories which were then bound into a book entitled “Dersingham Evening WI”- “Memories” which was a great success.
The year ended with a Christmas Party for members with entertainment by the Village Handbell Ringers.
2020 would turn out to be a very different year.
The year started with the usual Coffee Mornings, Dining Groups, Craft, 10 Pin Bowling & Theatre Visits. With a talk on Growing up in Jamaica and participation in a “Bollywood Evening”
Arrangements were made for future events and outings during the year, and VE Day Celebrations were discussed.
However, things were to come to an abrupt end around the middle of March due to the Coronavirus, when all events and meetings were cancelled. The WI Meeting due on 18th March was only the second time a meeting has had to be cancelled in Dersingham Evening WI’s 58 year history.
Due to the hard work of the current President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee, steps have been put in place to keep in touch with members by delivering or Emailing a Monthly Newsletter with advice on free deliveries of food, a list of members willing to shop or help elderly members, up-to-date information on the future of the WI over the next few months, cancelled events and information on scams that people need to be made aware of, together with a list of telephone numbers in case of emergency.
Also to help with the boredom of staying at home, a monthly quiz, a story written by members and other interesting articles and puzzles are added to help pass the time.
The monthly raffle has continued, held remotely, with prizes being delivered to the winners homes.
So the principles of the WI continues, to enjoy friendship, to learn, to widen horizons, and together to influence local, national and international affairs, at the same time taking care of the members in times of crisis.
It would not be feasible to name all the Presidents, Secretary’s and Treasurers, together with the Committee Members for the past 58 years but they have all done a terrific job, with their dedication and hard work, without which the WI would cease to exist.
On behalf of present and past members I would like to thank them all with the hope that things will return to normal later in the year when we can all get together again.
Here follows some additional scrapbook photos: