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November 2022: GM & Christmas Crafting!

It was a dark and stormy night* but 14 brave members of GVWI (and three visitors) turned out for the Annual Meeting. Fiona from Stow Roses came to oversee matters as our WI Advisor.

The Committee members were confirmed as: Sarah, Lisa, Kate, Celia, Rosie, Gill and new member Angelica, with Sarah being voted in as President for the next year. Many thanks (and a bottle of Cava) were given to Kate who has stepped down as Secretary after 6 years, and Angelica was welcomed into this role. Catherine's excuse of moving to Australia was accepted as her reason for leaving the committee (but remaining as a repository of knowledge and virtual member)! Lisa is stepping back from committee duties until she finishes her chemo.

The Treasurer read the financial annual report which was proposed and accepted, as was the continuation of the marvellous Psyche of Death and Taxes as our IFA. The main points of the report were:

We made a small profit over the year of £227.15, meaning that we had a bank balance of £1489.08 as of 30 September (our accounting year end). After membership subscriptions, our main sources of income have been jam sales and the pub quiz. Our biggest single expenses are our Zoom subscription and the hire of the Church Hall. We have also been able to donate £71 to Solace from fundraising throughout the year, this is in addition to any amounts given by meeting guests via our JustGiving account.

If anyone would like to see a copy of the accounts, please email

The President then read her report, which again was proposed and accepted (and has also been e-mailed to members), showing the range of activities enjoyed over the year.

Formalities over, we settled down to a session of crafting - decorating Christmas tree ornaments and pompom making, which was enjoyed by all and there were some wondrously sparkly results and Lou's seriously fab pompom was a highlight. Thanks go to Lisa and Sarah for supplying the blanks, glue, pens and decoupage papers.

All three visitors have shown an interest in joining and we would like to welcome Charmian Walker-Smith as our latest member.

Just a reminder that next month's meeting is a week earlier - the 14th December and will be via Zoom (you should all have the link) - and will be a talk given by the fabulous Sarah Slater on the Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace

*the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. Thanks Bulwer-Lytton!

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