I am writing this in the days following the funeral of our dear Queen, Elizabeth II.
What an awful shock her death was—I am sure none of us was expecting it; I think deep down we all felt that she would be there forever, guiding us with her quiet dedication. I am sure that we all agree that we will miss our fellow-member very much.
However, we must now look to the future with our new King Charles III and I know you will all join with me in sending him our deepest condolences and our good wishes for the future.
You will probably have seen that most of the events that National Office had planned for September were cancelled or postponed, including the annual celebrations for WI Day on 16th September. As soon as we have more information on the revised dates we will let you know.
As an extra thought, if you log in to MyWI on the National website, you will find lots of ideas for crafts and recipes in memory of Her Majesty, including a floral corsage and some Scottish shortbread with rose petals.
We have some good news to share: we now have a Secretary for County Office! It has taken a while, but we are sure that our new colleague, Georgina Glynn, will be an excellent addition to the team. Georgina has written a little bit about herself—see page 3. I know you will all welcome her to Middlesex Federation. The Office will now be open 9am-1pm on Monday and Wednesday, as well as for Craft Days and County training sessions.
At long last it feels like we are getting back to normal.
As we look towards the Autumn days, I wonder what your Wis will be doing.
Do you have a Halloween Coffee morning fundraiser planned? Do your walking groups brave the mist and frosts and keep going? Are your crafty ladies knitting or stitching wreaths and pumpkins? Do let us know – and don’t forget the photos!
We will soon be receiving the shortlist for next year’s Resolutions. Please look out for the information so that your WI can make your selection.