by Sue Robinson
22nd November was approached with a considerable degree of trepidation by the fledgling committee of the Willows (Sale) WI… We were so excited to at last be ready to officially sign-up the members of our new group and begin our WI journey together.
How many people wanted to join us on the journey? Too many? We had had contact with over 300 people during our taster meetings and our proposed venues were not of that size! Too few? What if no one (or hardly anyone!) turned up?
We spent several hours wrestling with the above issues and several others, such as:
- The WI rules were first come, first served (in person!) so there would have to be a queue What time would people start queuing? Would they bring tents and camp? What if it rained on the queue? “Umbrellas?” we said. “It’s a Rugby Club” said Brad at the Rugby Club, “They can sit in the stands.” Why didn’t we think of that?!
- What if we had to turn people away – we would need a waiting list.
- Would we have enough cake? How much cake would be enough? Can you have too much cake? That was one question we could answer beforehand – NO, obviously!
- And always the awful thought – What if no one comes?
Signing up our membership
In the event, we didn’t need to worry (but oh my goodness, we did!) The queue formed in an orderly fashion (thank you!) and not too early. It didn’t really rain, but it was very windy (sorry!). Much to our relief, the queue was just the right size, not too big and not too small (thank you!) and we signed up 97 people on the night, with a few more added from those who contacted us after the night.
So, we are now FULL and do have a waiting list, but thankfully, we were able to accommodate all those who stood patiently in line on the night. Phew!
The evening’s entertainment
Once we were all in, the Rugby Club bar came into its own, providing us with suitable quantities of Prosecco, mulled wine, gin and anything else we fancied. Tea and coffee were there for the taking and the cake didn’t run out. Phew!
The evening’s activities centred around Christmas crafting, ably led by Janet Plumb, who convinced us that we all have a hidden ability to produce beautiful things (when led gently by the hand and provided with all the component parts ready and waiting for us!). Wendy Bingham’s crafts are shown below.
A Christmas quiz taxed our brains, especially the staff of the registration desk, who failed spectacularly as they did not realise the quiz continued on the other side of the sheet! Maybe others had the same problem, but among the staff on the registration desk was the secretary who had produced and printed said quiz sheets! She will add a PTO next time.
Cheesy Christmas music accompanied proceedings and there was of course, the raffle.
And cake – lots of cake. Thankfully it didn’t run out.
So, thank you all for coming and, hopefully, enjoying yourselves. We are very nearly up and running – the next step is our official inauguration at the January 24th meeting, then we are off on our adventure together.
Looking forward to it!
Secretary (yes, that one – it was me!)