February 2021

President Margaret Alcock welcomed 25 members and 2 visitors to the February meeting held on Zoom. Apologies for absence were accepted and the record of the last meeting was read, approved and signed. The President drew members attention to the list of candidates for the NFWI Board Elections printed in this month’s WI Life. The matter will be discussed at the March meeting.

Julie Andrews asked members to keep sending in Posts for The Blog.

After a short break for coffee and chat (oh yes, even on Zoom we have time for that!) Margaret Alcock welcomed Elizabeth Caush who spoke about the Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting and showed several beautiful and colourful blankets she had made from knitted squares. Elizabeth told of us of the different yarns and types of needles that are available.

Research has shown that knitting is indeed therapeutic and calming and Elizabeth told us of her experiences in leading groups in different and sometimes challenging situations. Knitting groups were particularly beneficial to those in Care Homes and those with Dementia.

Mary Hunter gave the vote of thanks.

Many of our members have already started knitting squares which will be made into blankets and donated to charity.

Jackie Vickerman and Gill Chapman will lead the new Knit and Natter group which will meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 2pm to 3pm on Zoom.

Marjorie Mitchell judge the Valentine’s Day card competition which was won by Jackie Vickerman. Margaret Alcock thanked everyone for their entries, some of which are shown in the gallery below.