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Chairman's letter - February 2022

Updated: Mar 14, 2022

We are always being told how important contact with a loved one is to us all. How very true it was for Christmas of 2021. The uncertainty of the future still hangs over us as I write this, but I am a great believer in one door opening as one other sadly closes. Our brick wall of resilience may be a trifle crumbly where the rain’s got in or it’s just getting old but, the mortar is still good. A little patching someone might suggest, but don’t worry, if it’s still standing then it can go on for a while yet. Time to repair properly in the summer Meanwhile, let’s hope our kind thoughts have been shared with others and we have not been too lonely. I am not saying the WI is the panacea for all ills, but it is part of the bricks and mortar which hold the wall together. Let’s not go about our business with our heads down, but keep them up and, if you are masked, let others see you still have a twinkle in your eye.

I’m reading all these platitudes back to myself and wondering if you think I am losing the plot. I do try to practise what I preach but, would you believe that actually I find it quite an ordeal to go into a crowded room and start with the small talk. I have met many of you over the years and you may poo poo that statement, but it is my little bête noire and remains a niggle in my head every time.

I love the WI and it has given me so much in every direction, I hope it can really do something similar for you. The Board of Trustees really are trying their best to get over their little bête noires and provide a service and programme for future events which will encourage all the members in Oxfordshire to join in, observe and have a laugh. We are doing our best and the compliments some of you send to us are truly like gold dust. Our brick wall remains solid and helps to support us all.

2022 is going to be a great year. I know cos someone told me so.

Pauline Goddard

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