Minutes of Ponthir Women’s Institute 4th October 2021


1 Vicky welcomed all present and explained that there could be no singing of Jerusalem until COVID-19 restrictions on singing had been eased.
2 Apologies had been received from Liz Cooke, Lorraine Morgan, Helena Thomas, Denise Wolfe, JaneBeament, Jen Penn, Gill Wheeler, Jude Owen and Rhiannon Heaven.
3 The minutes of the last meeting had been sent electronically and a few printed copies were available. The minutes were accepted as a true record of the last meeting – proposed Shirley andseconded Trissy.
4 Matters Arising from the Last Minutes

Members were invited to place orders for diaries and calendars. Renee and Jen expressed a wish so to do.

5 A risk assessment having been submitted for approval by the Chapel authorities,  

Craft Group will recommence Wednesday 20th October at 7:00 PM and every following third Wednesday in the month except for December. A clipboard was circulated for members to indicate their wish to attend.  Helena will lead this group on a temporary basis.

6 Vicky thanked members for the very generous contributions to the food bank table. These will be collected from her home in the coming week.
7 Book Clubs:

Evening Club Headed by Alison:  Wed.13 October 7 p.m. at Helena’s – reading Country Girls.

Reading Between the Wines Headed by Margaret:  21st October at 7 p.m. at the Ponthir House Inn.  Members were requested to bring their favourite book of Lockdown.

Afternoon Club Headed by Mary Murray:  3 p.m. at Mary Evan’s house 25th October – reading The Mermaid of the Black Conch.

8 Any Other Business

Shirley announced that she and a friend, conscious that there was no longer a coffee morning being held at the Chapel, will host a Community Café in the Sports Club – 10 to 12 every Thursday commencing 14th October for a 10 week trial.

​The meeting closed at 7.45 and our speaker Mr. Phillip Alderman, High Sheriff of Gwent, proceeded to twinkle his way through a most engaging account of his role and its charitable support for many worthy causes in the area.  Aileen expressed the membership’s great appreciation of this interesting and humorous talk.

​We then enjoyed a sociable evening while we partook of a Covid-compliant Harvest Supper.