WIs Embrace ‘Meeting in a Bag’!

Torpoint WI’s beautifully festive bags

WIs all over Cornwall have been delivering wonderful bags of treats to their members as part of NFWI’s ‘Meeting in a Bag’ suggestion.

Members of Torpoint WI’s committee are delivered 34 bags containing a napkin and napkin ring, after-dinner-mint holder, two tree decorations, mystery wrapped gift, quiz and a mince pie.

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI delivered bags to nearly 60 members from St Ives to Sennen. Wendie Leo of the WI’s committee said, “We thought a lot about the contents and wanted to make sure everything was in line with NFWI guidance.”

Two of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI’s delivery elves … or are they reindeer?

The bags, which were delivered by jolly WI elves, contained:

  • A quiz about women in history
  • Instructions and materials for making paper stars
  • A homemade cracker with chocolates in it – because it’s Christmas and everyone should have a sweet treat for themselves or to share with others!
  • A handmade beeswax candle, accompanied by some information about bees (tying in with the WI’s SOS for Honeybees campaign)
  • A bookmark because reading is vital for women’s education – accompanied by the business card for BorrowBox (tying in with NFWI’s Love Your Libraries campaign, as well as the Link Together to Alleviate Loneliness campaign)
  • A bag of daffodil bulbs and a packet of flower seeds to offer a potential out door activity for those with gardens (but instructions for other options)  – educational, but also with the hope of new life next year and something to look forward to which we all need.
  • A handmade lavender bag made with home grown lavender – at this stressful time the calming and sleep-aiding properties of lavender made it a positive addition to the bag.
  • A wooden Christmas tree decoration
  • A Crowlas & Ludgvan WI branded pen to give members a link back to their WI
  • A personalised refillable hand sanitizer container – so topical, and it will always remind members of their 2020 WI experience in lockdown
  • A handmade Christmas card from all the committee
  • And, finally, everything arrived in a handmade reusable fabric bag, tagged with Crowlas and Ludgvan WI again to remind the members of their important place in our WI

The exciting contents of the bag delivered to Coads Green WI members

Coads Green WI also provided a ‘Meeting in a Bag’ for members. Coads Green Press Officer Genny Rennie noted, “This has been a year when clubs and groups have had to adapt and change, and Coads Green WI has been no exception.” President Linda Willan and the committee organised a festive surprise for members, this month, which demonstrated many of their skills. The normal December meeting, which would have taken place in the chapel parlour, was replaced by bringing the meeting to members’ doors, in the form of a bag. Each member was presented with a Christmas bag, complete with a handmade gift tag, which contained County News, the WI membership booklet, a quiz, a crossword, a Christmas card, a chocolate novelty, delicious homemade biscuits, a handmade coin purse complete with a coin, a beautifully painted bookmark and a hand crafted notebook. There was also a letter from Linda to keep everyone connected, as well as a potted plant to bring a bit of festive cheer. Vice-President Daphne Tucker and Secretary Pat Mallett took on the roles of Santa’s elves by delivering the surprises, meeting up with and greeting members they had not seen for a while.

Has your WI done something similar? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Email us on cfwi.publications@gmail.com.


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