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On your strolls around the village over Easter you may have noticed a colourful display of decorated Easter eggs hanging on some branches arranged inside the church porch. These were the entries to the first ever (as far as we know!) Great Coxwell Women's Institute Easter Egg Competition. The winner, chosen after much deliberation by the committee, was Rosie Hawkes with her Easter bunny. Well done Rosie, and thank you to everyone who took part in this ingenious activity which brought us together despite lockdown as well as providing some cheer for villagers and visitors.
The Women's Institute was first set up in 1915 to give women a voice and be a force for good in the community. Today it remains a good place for women of all generations to share experiences and learn from each other. Our village WI will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year - so now is a great time to join!
We have risen to the challenge of maintaining momentum during the pandemic, holding a picnic at the barn when it was allowed, and even managing to get together on Zoom to hear speakers, such as a representative from the Medical Detection Dogs charity. Over the next few months we have plans for further outdoor meetings as soon as it is possible - and eventually we hope to get back to our usual venue, the Reading Room, which is currently being repaired and refreshed. We are planning a talk on rewilding and trips to local attractions such as Aston Pottery - not to mention the famous village Christmas Party and many other exciting activities!
The annual membership subscription of £44 is due in April. Of this, £12.10 goes to the National Federation of Women's Institutes, £10.30 goes to the Oxfordshire Federation of WIs, and £21.60 goes to Great Coxwell WI. This money facilitates the wide range of speakers and activities that we include in the programme, as well as subsidising trips and meals out. You can pay in two ways:
The Great Coxwell WI Committee (Pam Smith, Pam Holley, Jo Coleman, Sue Eames, Jenny Tipping, Sally Tipple and Jacqueline Pumphrey)
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