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Hello, now that we are well into the first week of the lifting of restrictions for restaurants and pubs, have you ventured out for a meal yet?  I am looking forward to going out to dinner this evening, but I am not quite sure what to expect!  I am sure that social distancing will make it feel more than slightly strange, but I also realise that this could be something that we will have to get used to for a while yet.

To go on to WI matters - Board members, Advisers and Karen are daily receiving enquiries about the procedure for resuming WI meetings.  Please remember that, although restrictions have eased, there are still limitations of the size of gatherings.  The diversity of our WIs in Hampshire means that the Federation is unable to provide a ‘one size fits all’ policy and we can only advise and suggest some guidelines.   The important thing to remember is that Government Guidelines must be adhered to for everyone’s safety.  These together with close liaison with your venue’s management committee are paramount.  It would be better to delay meeting for a month or so rather than to prompt another outbreak of the virus in your area.

I was very saddened to hear that the committees of some WIs have not kept their members updated with NFWI or Federation news and, in fact, have not contacted their members at all over the past weeks.  I found it hard to believe what I was hearing as this is so opposed to the values and objects of the WI as set out in our Constitution.   The Constitution tells us that the WI is based on the ideals of “fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice” but it seems that in a few cases the ideal of fellowship has disappeared.    I sincerely hope that this will be rectified very quickly.

I am pleased to say that the opposite side of this coin is that many of our WIs have kept in touch with their members by any means available, phone calls, newsletters and virtual meetings have all played their part.   I love reading the reports and feedback from around the County so, well done!

Have you seen Karen’s email about the Resolution process for this year?  The date for submission to NFWI is the 11 September.  All the details are in the email which was sent yesterday.  So now is the time to act, Maureen Levenson our Resolutions Adviser will be pleased to help you and can be contacted on maureenlevenson@hampshirewi.org.uk.

Unfortunately, our hopes for a printed copy of the September issue of the Hampshire News Magazine have fallen by the wayside.  We have heard this week from our publisher, Today Magazines, that in the present economic climate it is not viable for them to run a printed copy but once again an online copy will be available.  In common with many businesses, Today Magazines have sustained a loss over the past months.  The reason why our magazine is so inexpensive is because of the revenue they make from advertising, and it seems that in the current economic climate many firms are unwilling to pay for advertising until they know that their own situation is secure.  We are hoping that this situation will improve rapidly so that we can quickly return to our usual format.

Finally – a date for your diaries – SUNDAY 9 AUGUST 2020.  Between 3 and 4 pm on that Sunday afternoon we have arranged for you to be entertained by Retro Rita, a singer whose repertoire spans several decades.  This will be put out on the ZOOM platform and Karen will be sending further information later today.  I attended Rita’s virtual audition for the Hampshire Speakers List. She proved to be very popular with us all, receiving top marks, and she is now available for bookings from WIs and Groups.   I look am looking forward to the afternoon and am planning to invite my family bubble to join me for a cream tea hopefully in the grounds of my flat.

So, until next time

Take Care


Chairman HCFWI

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Spring Council Meeting - new date confirmed for Wednesday 23 September 2020, at the Guildhall, Portsmouth (please keep your Ticket/ Agenda already issued) 

Cardiff Holiday new date confirmed for 28 September 2020 to 1 October 2020

An Audience with Nick Bailey - new date confirmed for Tuesday 18 August 2020.  Tickets are still available and this event is open to friends and family.  New closing date 1 August 2020. Click here for an Application Form

Curry & Quiz Night - new date confirmed for Tuesday 13 October 2020.  This event is open to friends and family.  New closing date 4 September 2020.  Click here for an Application Form

Thanksgiving Lunch - 26 November 2020.  Don't miss the opportunity to attend this event in a beautiful venue.  This event is open to friends and family. Click here for an Application Form

Trustee Inter Federation Day - Unfortunately this event, which was due to be hosted by Hampshire Federation on Tuesday 14 July 2020, has sadly been cancelled.

HCFWI Calendar Competition for 2022 - "Creative Hampshire" - If you are being creative at home during this unsettling time don't forget to take a photo and enter the 2022 Calendar Competition. Click here for an Application Form.


Darts -    2020 matches are cancelled, and the competition will start in 2021.  Any entry fee already paid will  remain as credit for the 2021 competition.    

Skittles - The 2019/2020 final has been postponed and a new date for this will be fixed according to Government guidelines.   There will not be a competition in 2020 but it will resume in 2021. 

General Knowledge Quiz - As the closing date is not until the 10 April 2020, this year's competition is cancelled.  Any entries received will be negated and WIs will not be invoiced.  This competition will resume in 2021.  


Annual Meeting - at the Royal Albert Hall on 4 June 2020 has been cancelled and a new date of 19 April 2021 has been confirmed.  Please click here for information regarding resolutions.

Wales Conference - on 26 April 2020 is postponed until later this year. 


Denman - is closed until further notice, pending Government guidelines.  If you have any queries regarding Denman please contact denman@hampshirewi.org.uk  Click here for Denman Statement (26 June 2020).


The New Forest Show Committee - have announced "It is with a heavy heart that the Board of The New Forest Agricultural Show Society have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 New Forest and Hampshire County Show."  They have decided to keep the same theme for next year - "Step Back in Time" - so that those who have already started projects should keep them by.  Next years dates will be 27, 28 and 29 July 2021.


England Netball - have announced that all netball activity is being suspended until further notice, which includes Walking Netball. Walking Netball hosts will be contacted directly to discuss further. 

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