Storm Fagan (Frome WI) gave a brief introduction to the meeting. The aim of the evening was to introduce everyone to the Women's Institute, find out more about what everyone hoped to achieve with the branch and eat some cake.
Margaret Bigg (Somerset WI advisor) spoke about the National Federation of Women's Institutes organisation from a wider perspective, explained how to join (£31.50 per year or £3.00 per visit with a maximum of 3 visits per year) and spoke about some of the recent campaigns (including the call for more midwives, plight of the honeybee and the relationship with the ACWW, specifically the Women Walk the World campaign).
During the rest of the meeting we rotated between:
The subscriptions desk will be available at all meetings should you wish to either join up or find more information about joining the Frome WI.
Cakes and drinks
There was the most amazing array of cakes and bakes that were brought along. If there is a recipe you'd particularly like then please post in the comments and hopefully the baker will come along and share.
An origami folding session took place on the upper floor learning how to create the crane which is traditionally the symbol of good luck. If you'd like to try and fold the crane then here are some easy to follow instructions. And if you fold one thousand of them, you can make a wish...
A questionnaire was available for people to fill in. It is very short! And with the aim of ascertaining how involved people would like to be and what topics the group should cover in future meetings. If you missed the meeting but would like to give us your thoughts then please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone who came along and made sure this meeting was a fantastic start to our shiny new WI. We'll post some photos in the Facebook group.
The next meeting will take place on Thursday 17th May 2012. We'll upload a separate post about this meeting and set up a Facebook event with details. If you are not on Facebook and would like the information then please let us know via email.