We have had to cancel our intended barge afternoon tea trip on the canal from Chester, the sewing group has had to cancel a trip to an fabric outlet in Manchester, we have had to cancel all planned craft workshops.
But it has not all been gloom and doom. Our WOW WI Whatsapp group has been bustling with messages, pictures memes (certainly a new addition to my vocabulary recently) to amuse and appeal to us. Many ladies love this contact and communication: some are not so keen but it is a choice for us all to pick up or drop down as we choose. Many of our groups also have Whatsapp groups to share ideas and keep in touch.
Members of our sewing group (also open to non WOW WI members) have been busy making a variety of items: scrub bags and headbands for NHS staff, Face masks for their own friends and families as well as people in the wider community and ladies in our WI who needed them. Some ladies have even been making actual scrubs for NHS, a real commitment.
Our president, Angela, started a fantastic system early on in the lockdown: she made a card and sent it to all our members (over 100) with a letter. These were so well received that Angela repeated it and sent out an Easter card again with a letter. This has been followed by a St George's Day card and a VE Day card, all accompanied by letters from herself and other members. It's a tremendous project and means a lot to many of our members.
We had a limerick writing project early on and produced a sheet of all the limericks members had written, and also one of our members has produced quizzes for people to keep their brains active! No prizes, just the pleasure of doing them.
So WOW is very much alive and kicking - as this is written, an Afternoon Tea is being planned for July, with venue to be decided (maybe at home) - and when the great day comes when we can all meet up again, no one will have forgotten about the friendships in our great WI.