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With the increasingly warm weather, Wycombe Wenches have been enjoying the opportunity to spend time together. Our various activity groups have included walks in the local area (even in unseasonal wet weather!), meals out in Marlow and Wycombe, the discussion of a variety of books, a chance to watch films, and regular meet-ups for coffee and chat with friends.

In April, at our monthly meeting at the cricket club, we welcomed a talk from Gemma Green, who was very informative on the subject of recycling in Buckinghamshire, and what can and cannot be recycled. We also held a raffle for some Easter hampers, always a popular event. In May we spent part of the evening discussing the resolution to be voted on at the National Annual Conference in June, with a powerpoint, video and quiz to give us more information. We then completed the evening with a Beetle Drive, which caused much laughter, a great deal of noise and fierce competition! The resolution is on the subject of the under-diagnosis of autism and ADHD in women and girls, and our meeting in June followed this up with a talk on autism, children and young adults in mainstream schools. Many of us have had some experience with autism or ADHD in our families or working lives, so it was interesting to find out more. In the June meeting we also paid tribute to the Queen’s Jubilee, by having a Jubilee themed basket for a raffle, a fancy-dress competition, and Jubilee-themed refreshments.

Apart from the monthly meetings, a large group attended a gin-tasting evening, which went down very well, and an interesting walking tour of Oxford, with time afterwards for lunch, retail therapy or museum visits. Several of us also attended the Bucks Annual Conference in Aylesbury, where we heard two very inspiring and entertaining speakers – the campaigner Julie Siddiqi and the actress and campaigner Baroness Floella Benjamin, who even brought Humpty (from her days on Play School) with her.

Once again, our members gladly responded to calls for help, this time for essential items for the refugees in Ukraine, and one of our ladies drove all the way to Poland to deliver them.

 

                              

Enjoying the gin!                                                     Sending essentials to Ukraine

 

If you are interested in joining our friendly group, please contact us via the website address. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, at the Cricket Club on London Road, High Wycombe, at 7.30pm.

Best wishes

Diane Haylor

wycombewenches@hotmail.co.uk

 

TERRIERS EVENING WI

 

After our somewhat prematurely optimistic report in February the virus finally caught up with Terriers Evening WI with so many members succumbing that we were forced to cancel the April meeting.

In March, we welcomed a return visit from the ever popular Jeff Rozelar who took us on an express ride through the history of the railways, calling at many notable stations around the UK and beyond.

In May, members were treated to a demonstration of magic by Clive Pocock who stepped in at short notice after our speaker on old photographs was obliged to cancel.

May is also the time when members select their preferences for resolutions to go forward to the national AGM ,in June, when conference delegates will choose the topic which will be adopted as the campaign for the coming year.

The two resolutions chosen by Terriers members were for improvement in ASD and ADHD and for increased awareness of the risks of heart disease in women. Currently, 28,000 women a year die from heart disease, many of whom might have been saved by earlier diagnosis and intervention.

Despite the unfortunate interruption by Covid members have also managed to continue with other activities.

The quiz team have made it through to the final of the Three Counties Quiz coming third in the heat held in Prestwood in March and look forward to defending their title in June.

Members were invited to join Bookworms, an informal local reading group who meet every few weeks, usually on a Wednesday afternoon, to discuss a book chosen by mutual agreement, over a cup of ea and cake. With diverse individual tastes we find ourselves tackling books that would not , necessarily, appeal but, nevertheless, provide plenty of material for discussion.

Terriers Evening will be meeting again in June when the topic will be “Everything a Woman Should Know”,and in July for our annual garden party. 

We do not normally meet in August.

Monthly meetings of Terriers Evening WI take place at Cedar Park School in Hazlemere on the first Thursday of the month. New members and visitors are warmly welcomed.

For more information please contact Carol Gilliam at gilliamph@aol.com