The first snow and ice of the winter greeted those that ventured out on 12th January and there was a long list of apologies for absence, including that of the Speaker who lived in High Wycombe.
However, Felicity Beynon, standing in for President, Elaine Barker, gave a very warm welcome and New Year greetings to all those present.
A great feed back on the Christmas party had been received, particularly the food and dancing and it was agreed by members to ask Morreen, the caterer, to return next December.
Felicity then presented fellow member, Julia Thornton, who represents Buckinghamshire MIND (Chesham) with a cheque for £515 raised during 2016. Julia gave a resume of all the work that was being carried out by the Charity, particularly in relation to youth mental health.
Members unanimously agreed that, in memory of former member Val Bevan, our charity for 2017 should be The Pepper Foundation. Val was a volunteer who gave great support to this Foundation, which provides palliative care for local children and young people with life-threatening and life-limited illnesses..
Vanessa Culmer held a very enjoyable coffee morning last November which raised £125.70. Also thanks were given to those who provided cakes for the Preschool and Toddler coffee morning. With deductions and a donation to the Group, £59 profit was made.
Mary Rose introduced the six shortlisted Resolutions proposed for the 2017 NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool in June. Each member voted for the Resolution which she supported the most. Based on members’ selections nationally, in due course we will be advised of a shorter list of Resolutions to be taken forward to the Annual Meeting.
After last year’s successful indoor barbeque in the village hall due to the possibility of inclement weather, it was agreed that the same venue would be used for the event on 10th August 2017.
The Spring Beechwood meeting will be at St Leonards on 12th April and the Autumn meeting is likely to be on 19th Oc
tober in Great Missenden.
Jayne and Derek Faversham will be starting the monthly walks on 24th March around The Black Horse, Chesham Vale.
Avril Sherratt will be the delegate at the BFWI Annual Council Meeting on 4th May at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury when one of the speakers will be Gyles Brandreth. Members are also invited to attend as Observers with tickets costing £13.
A team of three members will be needed for the next BFWI Quiz on 23rd March and under Margaret Dunn’s leadership, a team will supply teas and cakes at the Village Fete on 13th May.
In the absence of a speaker, everyone enjoyed a delicious tea and an elongated chat! Margaret Ritter won the competition for A Puppet.
The next meeting will be at 8pm on 9th February when Janet Dineen will talk about “Happy Easter”. The competition will be “An Egg”.