Astbury Women’s Institute

The Committee held their first meeting since lockdown in the Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd September. After sharing the NFWI Guidelines on resuming meetings, we discussed the guidelines which urge us to take every precaution to keep ourselves and our members as safe as it is possible to be at this time.
We discussed all the NFWI recommendations, the Village Hall Risk Assessment and our own Risk Assessment which had to be produced before we could meet in the Village Hall. Although we felt that Sally and her team have done an excellent job and has organised the Village Hall to be as safe as possible, we believe that in the present climate of uncertainty it was too soon to resume full meetings. One of the stumbling blocks is the 30 attendees which is the maximum number of
people allowed to meet at present. As we have 48 members we are advised by our CFWI adviser that we cannot realistically hold a full meeting.
We decided therefore to delay our programme of full meetings until further notice. The Committee plans to hold another socially distanced Committee Meeting on Wednesday 18th November at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall, when we shall assess the situation again and we will keep you updated.
Since initially writing this report, the new Government Guidelines have changed and the rule now is that no more than 6 people can meet together inside or out. We have also been informed that there are to be new Guidelines issued from the NFWI and we await these for further clarification.
We are all really sad that we have lost the majority of our 80th Birthday Celebration Year. We plan to hold a ‘Drop In’ afternoon on Wednesday 28th October when members can call at the Village Hall to pick up a small gift bag to commemorate our 80th Celebrations. Members will be contacted either by email or phone and invited to pop in to collect their bag between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm on that date. Again as a result of the recent changes in numbers that can meet, we may not be able to go ahead with this but we will keep you updated.
We are truly sorry that we shall not be able to celebrate as normal this year and hope that you will all bear with us, as we take cautious steps towards some form of normality.
Keep well and stay safe everyone until we can meet up again. If you have any thoughts or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Margaret or Liz – our contact details are on your Programme Card. We shall be happy to hear from you.