Pembury Evening WI

Pembury Evening WI was formed in 1964 and we have a membership of about 35. We meet on the 1st Friday of the month at Pembury Village Hall. We have a wide range of speakers.

Below is part of our latest newsletter, the full one can be seen in the news section of our website and is a taster of what we did at our last meeting.

MAY MEETING – As normal, May is our business meeting when we discuss any resolutions which will be debated and voted on at the National Annual Meeting in June, which this year is being held in Bournemouth. The Federation link about 4 WI’s together and they take it in turns to send a delegate, this year one of our members will be attending as delegate. The number of resolutions to be voted on varies from year to year and this year we have two. One about the Decline in Local bus services and how council bus budgets have been cut by 45% since 2010 and that ½ the people in smaller villages do not have any access to public transport. This impacts on them by causing social exclusion, loneliness, reduced access to services including healthcare and may affect young people’s education. After a discussion we voted and unanimously agreed with it. The second resolution was about Don’t fear the Smear and the fact that the number of women attending routine cervical screening is falling despite the number of lives the test saves each year. Several barriers have been identified by Public Health England including embarrassment about having the test, concerns about the procedure being painful, unaware of screening, cultural or languages. Again we had a discussion and then voted -26 in favour 1 abstention.