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Jenny PrestonFederation Chairman

Federation Chairman’s Message August 2020

Since I last wrote for the Website things have moved on. Many shops, pubs and restaurants are now open, albeit some are on restricted hours.  We now have to wear masks on public transport and in shops – what a different world we are living in. Social distancing and masks are the new ‘norm’ and one that we couldn’t have imagined just 5 months ago.

Although many facilities are re-opening, sadly this is not the case with The Lighthouse at Poole. As you are aware, our Annual Meeting was scheduled for October this year but has had to be cancelled. The Trustees thought long and hard before making the final decision but please understand that the safety and well-being of members was at the forefront of the decision making. Next year the Annual Meeting has been booked for Thursday, 21st October and the speakers from this year have agreed to join us on that date. We therefore look forward to meeting Dr Annie Gray and Amanda Owen, also known as The Yorkshire Shepherdess. Be sure to put the date in your new WI diary which can still be ordered via your secretary.

Another casualty of the pandemic is Denman. Denman has struggled financially for many years but unfortunately having to close indefinitely meant it was no longer viable. This was a difficult decision for our National Trustees to make and has not been universally popular but was made with the best interest of WI members in mind.  A Q&A document has been sent to all secretaries and is available on My WI which, hopefully, will answer any questions you have regarding this decision.

Looking forward, members are beginning to wonder when WI meetings might resume. All secretaries have received comprehensive advice from National. This decision will vary with each WI and depend upon the hall where meetings are held and how members feel about returning; there is no ‘one size fits all’.

Whilst talking of re-openings you may be wondering when our office will be open again. The Trustees are in discussions with the staff and hope that day will not be too far away. It is imperative that our staff feel safe and confident in their new working conditions. Rest assured we will let you know as soon as we have a date, although it is unlikely the office will be open to members in the first instance.

I wasn’t sure I had much to say when I started to write but I seem to have said quite a lot! It remains for me to say that I look forward to the day when everything is up and running again – even it's not quite the same as pre Covid 19.

Stay safe and keep well.

My very best wishes

Federation Chairman

County Office details shown at the bottom of this page remain unchanged as we hope "normality" will be resumed as soon as possible.  Please note, however, that the office is not running as normal so a little patience may be required in the event you need to make contact.

Please bear with us during these unprecedented times..


NFWI  is pleased to advise that the Officers elected are :

Jenny Preston, Federation Chairman
Linda Barber, Vice Chairman
Kath Burt, Federation Treasurer

Sub-committees Chairmen and Vice Chairmen :

Events Committee Chairman :  Margaret Bunch
Vice Chairman :  Jean Filby

Membership & Support Committee Chairman :  Yvonne Marsh
Vice Chairmen :  Lyn Coleman & Jan Watson

To contact us :

Office via e-mail : federationsecretary@dorsetwi.org
Office telephone : 01305 266366
Office open : Tue & Wed - 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
  Thu - 10.00am to 1.00pm
Office address : DFWI, County House, 18 Crown Street West,
Poundbury, Dorset DT1 3DW

During the current situation please note that County Office is not open to visitors.  Thank you.