News

*** IMPORTANT NEWS ***

CHECK OUT YOUR "DORSET - WI NEWS"

There really is a lot of useful information in your monthly County magazine, WI News,  produced to keep all Dorset Federation members up to date.

The Events team works hard on organising various events and full details are published in WI News.  The Membership & Support Committee work hard behind the scenes in assisting WIs and members alike, and they produce useful articles concerning varied membership topics.  It's also the place to find reports from other WIs which may offer ideas for your own.

*** CHAVENAGE HOUSE TRIP ***
*** PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED ***

*** CAMP BESTIVAL   -   28 JULY - 31 AUGUST 2022 ***

Thank you to all members who have volunteered to help at Camp Bestival at the end of July but please note that no further volunteers are now required.  We will work on the rotas as quickly as possible.
We hope that those unsuccessful this year will come forward again but we would appreciate your understanding as passes are limited and we know we will disappoint some people.

If you are successful please remember that you will be on your feet for most of the day.

May we also remind you that we need bakers to volunteer to bake cakes and for further information please look on the Camp Bestival page on this website, or check your WI News.

*** FLORIADE ***
DFWI SUMMER HOLIDAY TO THE NETHERLANDS
1 to 5 September 2022

Please contact our Federation Secretary if you would like more information at federationsecretary@dorsetwi.org.

For more details of Floriade you can visit their website :  https://floriade.com/en/about-floriade/

COUNTY QUIZ 2022

The quiz questions are now available.  If your WI would like to take part in the quiz, please contact County Office for details of what is required.  The closing date for the answers to be returned to County Office is Friday, 19 August 2022.

The Quiz Final will be held on Friday, 14 October at Moreton Village Hall.

DFWI KURLING LEAGUE 2022

Once again, after just one year off, DFWI organised a County wide Kurling League with 18 teams taking part,

The semi finals saw the Motcombers, Portesham 2, Wool 2 and Marnhull1 teams playing. The Motcombers were slightly disadvantaged by having a team of just 3 players, and (thanks to Covid),Wool 2 team had at least 3 substitutes. These matches had a slightly more serious atmosphere about them, as you would expect, but were nevertheless, a typical WI afternoon, with fun and laughter – (and tea and cake !).

You can read a full report, with photographs, by clicking on the following link    -    Kurling League Report and photos

ACWW GUIDANCE

As a result of changes to the relationship between ACWW and NFWI a paper has been issued entitled "ACWW Guidance".  To read this paper please click on the following link :

ACWW Guidance

This paper is also available on the Comittees page under ACWW.

QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE, JUNE 2022

Many members will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in their own communities.  
Please take plenty of photographs and send them in to DFWI.

NFWI ANNUAL MEETING, SATURDAY, 11 JUNE 2022   -   VIRTUAL OBSERVERS

If you wish to join the NFWI Annual Meeting virtually, please register and pay for your own ticket (£5 cost) by visiting My WI, and following the link to NFWI Annual Meeting tickets, clearly detailed on the homepage.  Observers attending virtually will receive a digital copy of the meeting agenda along with login details nearer the event.

*** DFWI ANNUAL MEETING   -    THURSDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2022 ***

Afternoon speaker is Pip Stewart who took on a world-first challenge, following Guyana's Essequibo River from source to sea.

Coaches will again be available for WI members, leaving from Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester.

Look out for further details in the months ahead.

TRAINING SESSIONS

Your Membership & Support Team are keen to hear from you concerning any training sessions you may be interested in, particularly for Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers.  If you are even slightly interested in what these roles involve please get in touch with federationsecretary@dfwi.org and you will be put in touch with the correct person.

Rumours spread about the intensity of these roles, and even committee work, but they are really what you wish to make of them and what better way is there to work towards a WI that suits you than becoming involved, and having fun at the same time.

LADY DENMAN CUP COMPETITION 2022

The Power of Community (celebrating the Queen's Jubilee, supported by The Big Jubilee Lunch)
Submit a piece of writing, either comical, serious, fact or fiction, that reflects the powerful impact when a community comes together.  Story to be no more than 500 words.

NOTE :  This year all entries must be sent direct to NFWI and the deadline for entries is FRIDAY 29 JULY 2022.  The cost is £5 per entry.  Critiques are optional and must be selected and paid for as an additional fee.  Cost for this option is £10 (total – entry fee and critique) per entry.

All forms relating to the competition can be downloaded from My WI/Lady Denman Cup Competition (thewi.org.uk).

HUXLEY CUP COMPETITION 2022

Inspiring women countrywide to create a cleaner and greener place to live.

This year the Huxley Cup Competition, supported by the RSPB, invites WIs to design a small community space for wellbeing and wildlife.

This competition is open to all WI members but entries must be submitted on behalf of the WI, not as an individual.  Only one entry per WI will be accepted.

All entries must be accompanied by a WI Entry Form (download from MyWI) no later than 19 August 2022.

FOR ALL WIs, ESPECIALLY WI SECRETARIES
RE NFWI DIGITAL MAILING FAQs

From 2022 onward, NFWI Mailings will move from being physical paper copies to digital copies, sent to WI Secretaries via email rather than via post.  The one exception will be the March mailing which will continue to be sent as a paper copy, via post.

The first mailing for 2022 will be March so the first digital mailing will be in July 2022.

There are currently four NFWI mailings per year, with an extra one sent during NFWI Board election years.

NFWI have issued a FAQs paper which can be viewed below :

NFWI FAQs

*** OFFICERS FOR 2021 / 22 ***

DFWI is pleased to announce the following for 2021 / 22

Board of Trustees :
Chairman :  Jenny Preston
Vice Chairmen :  Margaret Bunch and Yvonne Marsh
Treasurer :  Marilyn Holehouse

Events Team :
Chairman :   Margaret Bunch
Vice Chairman :  Elaine Knight

Membership & Support Committee :
Chairman :  Yvonne Marsh
Vice Chairman : Liz Smith

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WI HANDBOOK

There is a text only version of the WI handbook available for anybody thinking of downloading  it.  Please follow this link which will take you directly to the correct page where you will find the downloadable Word version :

https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/running-your-wi/wi-handbook

***   IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL WIs   ***
WI ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION

DFWI Advisers have put together some "Guidelines for Virtual Annual Meetings" and this information should now be with all WIs via Secretaries.

Also concerning Annual Meetings, Liz Smith, one of DFWI's Advisers, has written an article for the M&S Section in the April DFWI News magazine.

Both Liz's article and the "Guidelines for Virtual Annual Meetings" can be accessed via the links below.  Please take time to read these to better understand what is required of WIs in these strange times in terms of the WI Annual Meeting.

"Guidelines for Virtual Annual Meetings"
WIA's article concerning Annual Meetings