January 2013

Gothic Valley WI minutes

Meeting Type:                  Monthly meeting

Meeting Date:                  10/01/2013

Meeting location:           The Shaftesbury N19

Opened at:         7:30pm                                 By:          Holly Peterson

Attendees:         22 attendees


Approval of previous minutes:  Taken as read

Items discussed:             

1 HP welcomed the meeting. Everyone introduced themselves and HP welcomed new members.


2 Distribution of previous minutes is now via the website. Links to the minutes will be emailed to members in the monthly newsletter, which will go out by the end of the week.


3 GVWI News-

HP updated the group on social media followers. MP encouraged members to interact with the posts on the GVWI Twitter and Facebook pages to help our posts appear more visibly.


GVWI will be participating in the International Women’s Day celebrations hosted by Haringey Council and the College of North East London on 10 March.


RC reminded members that subscriptions for existing members are due by March 2013. Please pay subscriptions by cash, cheque or bank transfer.



4 Around the WIs-  HP gave a brief overview of the resolution structure of the WI and listed some of the past campaigns.


RC spoke about the resolution on highs streets. She read out statistics regarding the decline of local high streets as a result of competition from out of town shopping centres and online shopping. The proposer feels this is a timely issue in light of recent reviews, including the Mary Portas review. The group briefly discussed the regional implications and practical work that the WI might undertake in relation to this resolution.


HP spoke about the resolution to keep young people suicide safe online. The briefing notes provide an array of statistics about suicide in young people, as well as information on Internet Service Providers, Department of Health strategies for mental health outcomes, parental involvement and the possibility of an active opt-in filter for adult resources on the internet. The group discussed whether the WI was really ideally placed to be involving itself in quite a contentious issue.


CP will draft a letter to NFWI on this issue.

HP reminded members of the Denman Survey. GVWI will post its response on the website for members to read.






Correspondence- ES passed out copies of Middlesex News and the 2013 WI membership booklet of coupons and vouchers.


ES asked any members interested in the Olive Powell bursaries to contact her. Additional information on the MFWI ACM and the NFWI AGM will be included in the newsletter.


6 Break for refreshments


7 HP introduced the speakers, Johann Matzke and Andy Burgess.


8 Johann and Andy gave a talk and demonstration titles ‘Before there were lightsabers’, a talk on medieval sword fighting.


9 RC gave a vote of thanks to speaker.


10 Closing remarks by the President




Actions agreed:                               

  Action Person responsible Completion date
  No actions were agreed.    


Report from Treasurer: There was no report from the Treasurer, as this occurs quarterly.

AOB:                                      Sophie has raised £100 pounds for GVWI through her card making business.

Next meeting:                  07/02/2013         And thereafter:                14/03/2013



WI Secretary Extraordinaire and founding member of the 'overworked WI secretaries' club. She cooks, preserves, knits and drinks (sometimes all at the same time) and likes cats.

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WI Secretary Extraordinaire and founding member of the 'overworked WI secretaries' club. She cooks, preserves, knits and drinks (sometimes all at the same time) and likes cats.

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