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New President for Blackwell & Burcot WI

Posted on November 20 2010 at 3:33:17

Blackwell & Burcot WI welcomed Christine Hickman-Smith, their Federation Adviser, to their recent AGM to conduct the election of next year’s committee.

Retiring secretary Margaret Rogers spoke of the wonderful year that members have enjoyed, culminating in the 80th birthday lunch at Barnt Green Cricket Club in October when Geoff and his team provided an excellent buffet.

There have also been trips to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Haddon Hall and shopping excursions, and the branch was represented at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes AGM in Cardiff in June.

Hard-working members have provided cake stalls, and the craft group produced its first patchwork quilt, which raised £200 when raffled. Help for Heroes received a total of £180 during the year and ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) received £220 for its important work in helping women in all member countries to benefit from health, education and skills training projects.

Children’s toys have been collected and donated to the Women’s Refuge in Bromsgrove as part of the national VAW (Violence Against Women) campaign.

Rae Fowler and Barbara Savage

With President Barbara Savage, Secretary Margaret Rogers and Treasurer Pauline Norton all stepping down this year, members voted for a new President and, in a run-off between Zillah Wildridge and Rae Fowler, Rae was the eventual winner. Accepting the badge of office from Barbara, she congratulated the retiring officers and promised to work hard for the institute’s future development.

Finally, Barbara spoke about the Worcs Federation’s regional council meeting at the Ark in Alvechurch where the topic had been the Staffordshire hoard, which can be seen at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square.

A useful ACWW mushroom growing project in India was also described and members learnt that the Federation has now moved its account from Lloyds TSB to the Co-operative bank.

Pictured: Retiring President Barbara Savage hands over the badge of office to her successor Rae Fowler.

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