Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Sunday 27 January 2013

In case readers' interest was caught by mention of the 'metal jar/bottle opener' which won the January competition for a favourite kitchen gadget, here is a picture.

There were ten items entered, most of them rather more modern, but this one has clearly stood the test of time.

Saturday 19 January 2013

Despite the weather and seasonal ailments, more than forty members and one visitor attended the meeting on 9 January.  The President wished them all a happy New Year.

After the usual business of the meeting, it was time to select the Resolution to be debated at the AGM in June.  This year, there were only two proposals; one concerning the decline of our high streets and town centres, the other resolving to keep young people suicide-safe online.  The proposals were outlined in more detail and then the vote was taken.  The town-centre proposal received the most votes, although the result was close. The votes of all WIs will be combined, the eventual winner will be debated in June.

Members' attention was drawn to the March meeting which is Members Day.  Volunteers were called for to run this event which is usually very interesting and very well-attended.

The speaker at the January meeting was Mr Neil Stevenson (and not Mr Hare-Scott as advertised) who talked about finance in later life.  He gave us a lot of useful information about such matters as inheritance tax, gifts to family members, and equity release.  His talk was interesting and amusing.  Most of us learned things.

The competition, which was for a 'favourite kitchen gadget', was won by Lilian Pedrick who entered a metal bottle/jar opener which had been in her possession for forty years.

After tea and biscuits, Birthday flowers were presented to two members, and details of the next meeting were announced.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 13 February at 2pm.  The speaker will be Ms L Allen on "The Highs and Lows of a Stuntwoman's Life".  The competition is for a limerick.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

A Happy New Year to all members and friends

The next meeting of Harlow WI takes place at 2pm on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at the WI Hall, Garden Terrace Road, Old Harlow.  A warm welcome awaits all members and friends.

The speaker for the afternoon is Mr Nigel Hare-Scott, whose subject will be "Retirement - Are You Living Comfortably?"   The competition is for a favourite kitchen gadget/tool.

January is the month when subscriptions are renewed; a full membership is £33 for 2013,  If you are already a member of another WI but would like to join Harlow as well, dual membership costs £14.80.