Thursday 4th June 2015
Annual Meeting, Royal Albert Hall
On Thursday 4th June Gail and Mary attended the Annual meeting in the Royal Albert Hall.
Five thousand members of the WI, from around the country joined together to sing Jerusalem, listen to some amazing speakers and enjoy a rendition from a WI brass band known as the Brassy Tarts!!
As this was the centenary meeting HM The Queen was in attendance (she is a member….in fact President of Sandringham WI) along with the Princess Royal and Countess of Wessex. The Queen delivered an inspiring speech to those gathered saying that “the opportunities for women to give something of value to society are greater than ever”.
For further reading on this historical event see the following two links http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33002176 and http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/04/womens-institute-wi-100-pleasingly-bolshie They are both worth a read.
As is was the Centenary year the meeting was streamed live across the internet and the whole meeting is now available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVuoLzrydks however if you haven’t got a full 6hrs to spare (!) then I have kindly picked out the highlights.
The following timings are approximate, could be a minute either way.
1hr – The Queen and Royal Party arrive
1.19 – First singing of Jerusalem
1.43 – talk by Lucy Worsely (highly recommend you watch this)
2.17 – the resolution discussion begins
3.08 – the resolution is thrown out (wait for the seconder of the objection Anna Kidd….truly inspiring lady!!)
5.06 – Tani Grey-Thompson (really entertaining)
5.47 – Helena Morrissey (business woman – inspiring….the way forward speaking up for working women)
…..finally 6.45 Jerusalem (again) and Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (goosebump moment!)
Gail felt very honored to represent Valley Girls WI at the Centenary Annual Meeting.
And was also very amused to spot herself in the crowd listening to Lucy Worseley making her speech!