We have recently had two celebrations. Our belated 45 year Sapphire birthday celebration somewhat delayed by the pandemic and to be fair being held in December was rather more Christmassy that Sapphire Blue. Also a special evening celebration of our Queen’s 70 Platinum Anniversary of her accession to the throne,
On 16 September 2021, the National Federation encouraged WI members all around the country to come together, swap kindness and celebrate 106 years of the WI. Also during the summer NWI celebrated equality and diversity with a Pride Picnic initiative. A public statement and celebration of the LGBT+ community to include marches, parades and festivals across the world. The WI is a place for all women and we champion equality in society.
A few of our members decided to celebrate these two initiatives with a visit to Weston super Mare involving a brolly parade in front of the pier and home made lanyards showing their purpose. There was a lot of engagement from curious holiday makers and of course a fish and chip lunch and cream tea were shoehorned into the day.
We also visited the amazing tribute to the NHS and lives lost to Covid 19 by Luke Jerram a local Bristol Artist known for his large scale public engagement artworks. Created from over 100 NHS bedsheets, a sea of flags installed across the sand provides a place of tranquillity for the public to remember all that has been lost in this crisis.