It is so exciting to be able to give a message with so much more hope than we have all enjoyed for the past twelve months. The Government roadmap of dates for easing us back into enjoying life as we would want to again is an absolute treat and that light at the end of the tunnel really is shining brighter. Of course we must all continue to observe the guidelines in order to make the final date of 21 June a reality and I know that we will all continue to do that.
I know that you are all looking forward to face to face meetings again and also to all the events that are put on by your own WIs and Federation and so we have been busy organising some events for you. The Federation Quiz is always an enjoyable event and once again Sue Malloy has agreed to set a quiz for you all. I am certain you will have been doing Zoom quizzes within your own WIs so you should all be very sharp and ready to pit your wits against fellow WIs. The quiz heats will all take place on Thursday 30 September and the venues will be confirmed later with the final taking place on Thursday 21 October at Stannington. Full details will be available later.
Other events that we have “booked” so far will all take place at Cresswell House and more details are in the “News from the Committees” section of the Newsletter. I will also host a couple of “Chats with the Chairman” over the months from July to December and will also put dates in future Newsletters and on our website.
Many of you cast your votes for the Mask for Marj Competition and by the time many of you receive your Newsletter the result will be on the website. Thank you for voting and thank you to those who participated in this. I must say that all the masks were extremely comfortable to wear and a lot of thought went into them. So well done everyone!
Once more I am able to thank two more WIs for their very generous contributions to the Federation funds, this time the donations came from Corbridge WI and Shotley WI. You really are all stars and your kindness is very humbling.
I hope that most of you have now paid your Annual WI Subscription under the new ruling allowing flexibility of individual WI portions and I am pleased that WI committees are putting a lot of thought into the decision that they are making this year and will continue to make year on year.
Once again I am finishing my message on the very sad news that former Chairman Margaret Cadzow died recently. Margaret was known to many of you and was Chairman from 1989 to 1994. I only met Margaret when Tyneside Federation merged with Northumberland but despite poor eyesight, and as long as she could obtain a lift, she continued to attend our Annual Council Meetings and kept abreast of what the WI and Northumberland in particular was doing. A message of condolence has been sent to her family on behalf of the members of Northumberland Federation.
I do hope that the lengthening of daylight hours and the beautiful Spring flowers are, along with all the recent good news on vaccinations and reduced numbers of hospitalisation are putting a real “spring” into your steps and I sincerely hope to see many of you very soon indeed.