April 2021 newsletter

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Dear All,
I was so pleased to see so many of you at our first Zoom meeting. By now I hope all of you have had your first vaccinations and some of you will have had your second. No doubt you are delighted that from Monday we are now allowed to meet up with friends and family outdoors; not long now till 12 April and that long awaited Haircut.
In 2020 we asked for your votes with regard to moving to an afternoon meeting on the second Tuesday in the month. The vote was unanimously in favour. This has been approved by the Oxfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes. From April onwards our meetings will start at 1.30 pm and finish at 3.45 pm, either on Zoom or at the Northcourt Centre when allowed.
At our April meeting on Tuesday 13 April, our speaker is Jim Godfrey, who will talk on ‘A Day In Life of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford’. Val will be sending out an email with a Zoom link to you. I hope will be able to join us between 1.30 to 1.45pm so that JIm can start his talk by 1.50 pm.
Our treasurer would like to thank you all for sending in your subscriptions so promptly; we now have 26 full members and 4 dual members, 30 members in total.
Looking ahead to the May meeting on Tuesday 11 May, we have to vote on this year’s WI Resolutions . Details of the Resolutions are in the March edition of Oxfordshire Inspires, the Oxfordshire Federation newsletter. Following the Resolutions it has been suggested we have a quiz – with four rounds, each with 10 questions. You will have to mark your own papers! If you have any other suggestions please let either me or Hilary know.
Having resolved that Peachcroft WI are the delegates at this year’s National Federation of WI’s AGM, we can now go ahead with our own AGM on Tuesday 8 June as planned. This will more than likely be by Zoom. It will be followed by a talk by Christine Wootton on the Orient Express.
Finally, Hilary and I joined other delegates by Zoom for the Oxfordshire Federation Annual Meeting.  Several Trustees are retiring and OFWI has suffered a reduction in income. Seven WI’s will be celebrating their centenary this year – East and West Hendred, Thame, Enstone, Harwell, Marston, Sutton Courtenay and Hanney.  Five £300 bursaries were awarded; unfortunately Abingdon Fitzharrys was not successful. These bursaries can be used at any local education centre.
I hope you will be able to catch up with families over Easter .
In the meantime take care, stay safe, and keep well.
Wishing you all A Very “Happy Easter”???
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