Well, that was fun!
Our 10th birthday party came and went in the blink of an eye, but we had a fab evening of celebration.
My rambling rundown of 10 years of meetings, events, talks and cakes, jogged a few memories and we chatted about some of the more notable occasions: The Great British Sexpert (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!), Robin Hood’s sword (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!), Sing Out Sister, Ghost Walks, Cave Talks, Garden Parties, yoga, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, parades and marches, and many more.
Being a relatively young WI we were able to have all Presidents past and present in the room: Once I finished talking, our founding President Kerry gave us an insight into her reasons for starting City WI, and its highs and lows. Then Sarah and Lucy (second and third Presidents) spoke about joining when the group almost folded at its 5-year mark. Obviously we are all so glad it didn’t close, where else would I be on a Wednesday evening?!
We were lucky enough to be joined by the Lord Major of Nottingham, Councillor Rosemary Healy, who gave some lovely words of encouragement. There was the potential for a chain-off between her and our Federation Chair Pam Stoddard, but as Pam didn’t wear hers so Rosemary won by default. I loved Pam’s comment about wishing she could “bottle what we at City have”! Helen, Helen and Ellie from the WI support team also came along; it was lovely to meet everyone and they are always welcome. Of course, we were super pleased to see some of our past members (and current friends) along, it really was lovely to see everyone.
Another highlight of the evening was the cutting of the beautiful cake, complete with everlasting singing birthday candle. I’m not sure what happened to it in the end, I think it might still be singing!
Members and visitors enjoyed a lovely spread befitting a 10 year old’s birthday party; tea cup trifles, cheese and pineapple on sticks, snacks, pop, a fabulous birthday cake (thanks to Laura) and a bit of something fizzy to toast the occasion.
For this our decennial anniversary (yes, I looked up that word) we’ve had beautiful limited edition pin badges created (thanks to Sarah) in the shape of our logo, which will be handed out to anyone who joins up in 2020 (while stocks last). Our guests were presented with one each; I hope they will wear them with pride. I think everyone was happy with them!
We had many party games planned, but we chatted the night away and totally ran out of time; we will save them for another occasion, especially our “Pin the rosette on the Suffragette” game.
I would personally like to thank everyone on the committee who worked so hard and spent lots of their own time to pull everything.
Thank you all for coming along to celebrate with us, hopefully we’ll be able to do it again in 2030.