It was lovely to see so many of you at our recent Federation Annual Meeting, held through the magic of Zoom. I hope you enjoyed the meeting which will no doubt go down in history as another first for Oxfordshire! We are all on a very steep learning curve but getting there!
I had hoped to be able to report a return to some sort of normality for our WIs this month but sadly we have once again had to return to small groups of six and limited WI activities again since the latest Government Corona virus announcement. You have all been amazing over the past months and shown such resilience. I have loved hearing about how you are continuing to keep in touch with each other and offer members something that connects them to each other and their membership of this amazing organisation. Please keep it up and we will emerge stronger than ever from these challenging times.
I am so excited about the forthcoming new ‘Oxfordshire Inspires’ members’ magazine which we hope to launch next month and which will replace News & Views. Look out for more information coming your way and be sure to let us know through your WI whether you would prefer a hard copy or a digital one. There will be a small annual charge (as there was before) to cover production and distribution costs. Many WIs have traditionally paid for the newsletter for their members and we do hope this practice will continue but it is up to your own WI to decide.
Another exciting development is our redesigned Oxfordshire Federation website. If you haven’t already seen it do take a look on www.oxfordshirewi.co.uk and while you are there why not check out the great programme of presentations, talks and workshops available to you to join. If you haven’t joined us for one yet please do give them a try. This month you could join a programme planning workshop (free), or there’s a choice of 6 great presentations at a small charge. What’s not to like!
Finally, don’t forget the ‘Hands/Face/Space’ guidance and please stay safe everyone.
I send my very best wishes to you all.
Oxfordshire WI Chairman