1970-77 Records of WI members' monthly meetings

Myfanwy Lloyd from WI record books

1970

May  – Mrs Attwood then introduced Mr Jones who gave an interesting and enlightening talk on Decimal currency.

1971

August  – Mrs Attwood asked for volunteers to help paint the big committee room in the Village hall.

September – A ballot had to be held for the Denman Bursary.  This was own by Mrs Revell.

1972

December  – A letter received from the Clerk to the Council was read in answer to our query re a Panda Crossing and widening of footpath along the eastern side of the High Street, which stated that at present this was not a viable proposition as the County Survey revealed that there were not sufficient people crossing the road.

1973

April  – Members agreed that a flowering tree should be planted in Harston, either on the Spinney opposite Harston House or in the area of the Old People’s Bungalows.

October  – Members were asked for knitted squares and cushions for the old people at Chesterton Hospital.

December  – A Xmas tree and decorations is to be presented to the Dolphin Ward at the Ida Darwin Hospital.

1974

July  – £20.50 raised at the coffee morning held in aid of a paddling pool for the boys of Dolphin Ward at the Ida Darwin Hospital.

1975

June  – Mrs Heap read a letter of thanks for making the curtains for Dolphin Ward (Ida Darwin Hospital) and in which members were invited to visit to see the curtains in place.

September – Mrs Nutcombe reported that a copy of the resolution on the abolition of torture had been sent to the Executive Committee for their consideration on the wording.

October –  A request had been received for new knee rugs for the patients in the Harston Ward at Chesterton Hospital.

December  – Members then heard Mr Graham Loveday give a brief talk on his work as charge nurse on Dolphin Ward of the Ida Darwin Hospital.  He invited those members who were able to go to the Christmas Party on 20th December at 2.30pm.  Asked about a Christmas gift for the boys he suggested a budgie for their recently started pets corner.  Mrs Wood and Mrs Wilson both kindly donated budgie cages.  The institute would supply the budgies from its special fund.

A letter had been received from NFWI re the wording of the resolution sent in from the institute for consideration for the AGM next June.  The resolution, as submitted read: “this meeting deplores the ever increasing use of torture and call on HM Government to ratify the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Right, which would make the use of torture internationality illegal”.  It was felt the rewording ie “that this meeting welcomes the ratification by HM Government of the United Nations Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and pledges itself to safeguard these rights” stood a greater chance of being shortlisted by the NFWI Executive Committee and subsequently chosen by the Consultative Council for inclusion in the agenda for the AGM.

After a short discussion members voted in favour of the rewording.

1976

February– Mrs Heap reported that she had delivered (to Ida Darwin) the hamster cage kindly given by Mrs Attwood and £5 with which they could purchase animals.

The President said that the resolution sent in by Harston had reached the short list but had been rejected when the final few were chosen, and suggested that a vote of thanks should be recorded to Mrs Sellen for all the hard work and research she had undertaken for this Resolution.

1977

February  – Mrs Hearn had agreed to organise a tidy up of the village on 31st May in readiness for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations.

July  – Mrs Nutcombe expressed her thanks to all WI member who helped to make the Silver Jubilee Luncheon for the Over 60’s, successful and memorable.  It was agreed at an open meeting that the remaining Jubilee funds be spent on a sign for Harston to be placed on the Village Green.

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