May 2019 – Annual Meeting

Our annual Meeting was held on 7 May 2019, with our Middlesex Federation WI Advisor, Yvette Rathbone. We balanced the business end of the meeting with a (somewhat challenging!) quiz and our decorated t-shirt competition.

Secretary Nina Jewell presented the Annual Report, recounting another busy year, from rag wreath making, singing and creative writing to more wine-tasting, scarf juggling and tai chi.

Yvette then officiated for our elections at which Maggie Weatherby was elected President, taking the reins from Emma Watson who stepped aside after four terms, and the new committee was elected. We farewelled from the committee Rachel Craig and Joan Prasad, formally welcomed back Norma Barnes, and re happy to announce the Gill Whitney has also joined the committee.


Incoming President Maggie Weatherby with Emma Watson, who leaves the post after four terms

Finally, Yvette drew the winner of our 2019-20 Denman Bursary; Nina Jewell was the lucky winner. Congratulations Nina! If you would like to know more about the WI’s Denman College, do take a look at its website. We also voted in favour of supporting both the resolutions being put forward at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth in June.

In the committee meeting following the Annual Meeting, the following roles were also confirmed:

  • President – Maggie Weatherby
  • Secretary – Nina Jewell
  • Treasurer/Communications Manager – Emma Watson
  • Minute Secretary/Refreshments – Rosemary Pettman
  • Committee Member – Norma Barnes
  • Committee member – Gill Whitney

Although she is not on the Committee, Jayne Fowler will continue to assist by running the MCS.


After the formal business was finished it was time to judge the t-shirt competition.  This unenviable role went to our WI adviser Yvette.  It was not an easy job, as we had ten beautifully decorated t-shirts some dyed different colours and others using embroidery and artwork.  After carefully inspecting each one, Yvette came out with a well deserved winner designed by Ching Smith. Ching had made hand crocheted  flowers, biscuits and even a tiny twiddlemuff, all put on a background showing our logo of Alexandra Palace.  Congratulations to Ching and thank you to everyone for their contributions.

We finished the meeting with a fun quiz on tea and coffee organised by Nina. We finished off the meeting with cakes from Tops Cakes and tea organised by Rosemary.