Raughton Head W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.
President Jackie Collinson welcomed members and 5 guests who joined us for the Open Night.
Gary Hart works for the Houses of Parliament as a Senior Outreach and Engagement Officer of the North West of England.
After introductions we started to work in groups of 3 or 4 answering a quiz on Parliament.
This brought to light our knowledge and lack of knowledge of our parliament and government, how it works, its procedures laid down over the centuries, some steeped in history, seemingly archaic, but copied all over the world by other countries.
Parliament is made up of House of Commons, House of Lords and Monarchy. At the State opening of Parliament the Queen sits in the House of Lords and her speech is written by the Government of the day. The Lords invite the Commons in hence the ceremony of Black rod banging on the door. This year was a first as Black Rod was a lady.
There are 650 MP`s, 32% are women and each MP represents about 70,000 people. Men over21 and women over 30 who owned property were allowed to vote in 1918. However, women could be an MP at 21 in 1918. Women were allowed to vote equally with men aged 21 in 1928.
Our first woman MP was Countess Constance Markiewiecz. She was born in England, lived in Ireland and was married to an Austrian Count. She never took her seat as she was a member of Sein Fein. This practice still applies today.
Sometimes we wonder why we have The Lords. It was agreed there are too many and over time they may be reduced. It was pointed out that Commons MP`s may know a little about a lot of things but in The Lords there are a lot of eminent people who know a lot about their particular field eg, Doctors, Scientists and Industrialists to name a few.
Everyone adds to the debate.
The House of Lords has the second highest membership of 800 in the world and is only surpassed by the Peoples Party of China.
Winners for a patriotic article were
1st Penny Jones
2nd Nancy Alty
3rd Ina Monkhouse
Raffle winner Marian Collins
Our Speaker will be Martin Squires from Skelton on Life as a Vet.
Hostesses – Penny Jones and Amanda Grace Vote of thanks – Cynthia Ebbatson
Competition – An Animal Poem
will be the AGM with Fish and Chip Supper.
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
2017 was an enjoyable and successful year for our WI.
January - 93rd Birthday Party. For this we had a Fun Night, which gave us a good laugh, this with a delicious supper set us up for things to come in 2017.
February - Graham Holliday came in and told us about his trip to Machu Picchu.
March - we were given tips on non-aggressive communication by Catriona Messenger.
April - we went travelling again and heard about Emily Arter’s year in New Zealand.
May - brought us back to Blighty with a visit to Skiprigg Farm to witness the new computerised automated milking parlour.
June - was our guest night. Our speaker was Sarah Ledger who gave a humorous talk on a series of challenges that she had set herself for her 49th year. Joining us for the night were invited guests from Wetheral, Ivegill, Longtown, Penrith and Uldale WIs.
July - Janet Mountain gave us a thought provoking talk on The Challenge of Change.
August - This brought us to our summer outing, where 19 of us went to The Devils Porridge Museum at Eastriggs. The museum was very interesting and we all enjoyed the fabulous afternoon tea provided by the museum.
September - Emily Atherton, the news editor of the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald came to see us, giving an informative history of the newspaper which has been with us since 1860.
October - Sam Mason from the Eden River Trust told us about their work to achieve “Healthy Rivers For All”.
November - the AGM took place and after the serious business of the evening we enjoyed homemade soup and bread.
Members have also taken part in Darts matches and organised walks. Felicity’s Coulthard’s ‘Remember When’ group and her Art Group continue. Along with this there has been various activities available in the WI County News.
December - we went for a very enjoyable Christmas lunch in The Globe at Calthwaite.
Of course all new members or guests are always welcome
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
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