|The AGM took place at the Leeds First Direct Arena|
Following the resolution debate was a talk on poetry, literature and the importance of saving our nation's countryside from Sir Andrew Motion. His passion for improving the housing crisis through the use of brown field sites rather than encroaching on our ever-diminishing green belt was almost palpable.
The lunch break came soon after and the SHWI ladies nipped off for a refreshing beverage and cheap lunch at a local Wetherspoons. Luckily, other WIs had the same idea and the Hedley Verity pub was soon invaded by members of Tea and Tarts WI, Cambridge Blue Belles WI, Cookridge Crumpets WI, Holmfirth WI and more.
|WIs from around the country gathered for lunch|
The next item on the agenda was exciting for all - the plans for the WI's Centenary year. Wheels are already in motion to celebrate this auspicious event with the Baton relay underway, the history/cookbook (a double threat and a must for any bookshelf) being published, the documentary due to air and the centenary AGM to be held in the Royal Albert Hall. Each and every WI was encouraged to celebrate our 100th birthday in their own way. If any SHWI-ers have ideas for how this can be done please let the committee know!
The final speaker of the day was the ever effervescent Bill Turnbull, talking about the art of reluctant beekeeping, working at the BBC, sequins and Strictly Come Dancing and how to use the punchline 'hung like a donkey' infront of HRH Queen Elizabeth. An entertaining, light-hearted talk to round off the day - and apparently even the most experienced of television presenters still fears the infamous WI slow clap.
|Kirsty, Sarah and Sam from SHWI|