All meetings have been cancelled because of Coronavirus. This decision will reviewed at the end of April.
Our monthly meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month in Cotes and Standon Community Centre,Station Road, Cotes Heath, Staffordshire, ST21 6RS, which has full access for anyone with mobility problems. Meetings start at 7.15pm and last about 2 hours. You do not have to be a member of the WI to pay us a visit, but we charge visitors £3-00.
January 7th New Year Meal
As we enter 2020 I am pondering the fact that during this year Standon and Cotes Heath WI will be 100 years old. It is strange to think that in a small, rural community such as this, which has lost so many of its amenities over the past 100 years, that the WI should have survived. I can only attribute it to the tenacity of a small group of women who have been determined to maintain the community spirit of yesteryear alive. It is indeed a cause that should be celebrated in these times when loneliness and isolation are ever increasing problems.
Over the year we have planned some special activities and events. Of course there will have to be a celebratory cake and dinner in October on the day the WI was founded. In addition we are exploring our history. We still have all the minute books from meetings dating right back to 1920 and we will be putting together our story, which we will eventually publish on our website. For those interested in local social history we hope that you will visit the pages later in the year. We also want to maintain our community focus and will be holding an event for past members and members of the community that we have a close association with. Finally our craft group will be making some memorabilia to use and treasure over the coming years.
We started the year as we mean to go on - in true celebratory spirit!
February 4th Volunteering at Katherine House Speaker Sheryl Al-Oman
March 3rd AGM
April 2nd Blood Bikes Speaker Helen Bundy
May 5th A Nursing Life Speaker Annie Barks
June 2nd When War Came to Yarnfield Speaker Shaun Farrelly
July 7th Quiz Night
August 4th 100th Birthday Party
September 1st Life in Sudan Speaker Caroline Parks
October 6th Women Work in the Events Industry Speaker Terri Sheal-Barrett
October 20th 100th Birthday Dinner
November 3rd Secrets of Handwriting Speaker Sue Ord