More than 500 members of women’s institutes from across South Wales gathered at the Princess Royal earlier this month for the annual general meeting of the Glamorgan Federation of Women’s Institutes.
At the meeting, Carolyn Davies stood down as Chairman. She thanked everyone for their support during her time in the chair and reflected on the last year, during which the hundredth anniversary of the WI has been celebrated across the UK.
Before departing, Mrs Davies presented the Chairman’s Plate to Daphne Furneaux for her long service and support. Mrs Furneaux is a Chelsea Gold Medal winner for floral art and she treated the members to a flower demonstration.
Speakers included Emma Leeke, of Leekes department store – who spoke about her family history, the development of their business and her role in their retail industry – and also Antiques Roadshow presenter John Benjamin, who specialises in antique jewellery.
A spokeswoman said: “He enthralled the members as he talked about his early career and experiences in the jewelry world and his explanation of the history of gems and the making of jewelry was fascinating. Most of the members admitted to being fans of Antiques Roadshow and enjoyed listening to some of the stories behind the more unusual finds and about the filming of the series.”
Members of Margam WI Ukulele Band, who have only formed in the last six weeks, performed at the event, and “sent everyone to lunch with a smile and a song”.
The federation has also hosted other festivities this month, including a literary lunch. A party of thirty-six ladies attended the lunch at the Hi Tide in Porthcawl to display their literary talents.
The spokeswoman said: “They were invited to submit work in four categories, a children’s story, the opening paragraph of a novel, a limerick, and an open poem. The entries were then presented by two members of the Combined Arts Committee, Mrs. Janet Young and Mrs. Pauline Worman. The entries that were presented were all commended for their high standard.
“We hope the event will take place again next year as we had such rave reviews.”