New Barkby WI

Mrs K. Fryman, President welcomed members and visitors to the institute’s May meeting. This was a ‘Resolutions’ meeting when members disucss two subjects that will be debated at the National Federation of W.I.s’ AGM at Bournemouth in June.
Mrs S. Franklin and Mrs A. Montague, two Vice-Presidents at New Barkby W.I. opened the discussions on ‘Don’t fear the smear’ – Public Health England are planning a high profile campaign to highlight the need for more eligible women to have a test, particularly the 25-29 age range. Regular cervical screening enables medical professionals to investigate any abnormal cells. Even young females who have had the HPV vaccine should still be encouraged to have the test. Everyone who voted raised their hands to vote ‘For’ the resolution, with no discretionary vote.
The second discussion was for the Resolution ‘The decline in local bus services’. Mrs A. Montague set out the difficulties of public transport, particularly in the rural areas – 50% of the public do not have access to bus services and some have no transport of their own which makes life difficult for shopping and health service needs. This may give a feeling of loneliness and isolation.
All those eligible to vote voted ‘For’ the Resolution to halt the decline in local bus services. There was no discretionary vote. Mrs K. Fryman thanked Mrs Franklin and Mrs Montague. The delegate representing New Barkby, Rearsby and Thrussington will be Mrs Wendy Taylor of Queniborough W.I.
Afterwards there was a little time left for social time and refreshments. The competition for ‘N’ was won by Mrs V. Cobb (a newspaper). The raffle was won by Mrs A. Talbot (a plant and chocolates). The Tea Hostesses were Mrs J. Brutnall, Mrs S. Franklin, Mrs B. Gamble and Mrs J. Goulden.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 5th June at 7.30pm at Syston Community Centre and the subject will be ‘Utterly Pottery’. Visitors are always welcome to attend.