Stanhoe news

20 June 2024

Report from the Albert Hall

Stanhoe WI’s President and Treasurer attended the National AGM.

Annual General Meeting Royal Albert Hall  5th June 2024

Report from delegate
Nicola Smith, President Stanhoe and Barwick WI 

Chair’s address

This was the final year for Ann Jones. Her report told us that the WI welcomed 24272 new members last year, 66 new members every day. We continue to grow and remain relevant with the strongest period of recruitment for many years. Virtual WI’s have grown – 17 with 550 members. There are 7 prison WI’s and the aim is to provide more resources to support these. There have ben new training resources, increased visibility through PRIDE events, womens lifestyle events and festivals. Policies in Safeguarding and Health and Safety have been updated.

There is a final review of the constitution in February with improvements to the running of WI’s.

There is now a new Inclusion Board and the aim, as it has always been since 1915, is to reflect the communities we serve. The campaign against violence towards girls and women remains strong.

There are new income streams and partnerships, including the most recent with TEEMILL clothing.

The new WI Learning Hub provides unlimited free education for all members for their own personal development.

Grants are available for Federations to bid for to provide face to face training.

Financial circumstances of being a charity mean sourcing new income streams so a WI Lottery will be launched on the 16th September.

Treasurer’s Report

Thanks were given to all WI Treasurers . The accounts for 2023/24 had been signed, audited and lodged with Company House.

Consolidated accounts as at 30/09/23

Income 3.66m

Expenses 4.17m

Deficit 0.51m

Losses in investments £200k

Net deficit £709k

Total funds £13.29m

Reserves £3.9m

A Fundraising Manger has been appointed.


Dental Health Matters


4578 for

214 against

Guest Speakers

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir was a Chief Crime Prosecutor and is committed to providing justice for women who have been abused and for their voices to be heard. He told us about some harrowing and high profile cases that he had been instrumental in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Rochdale grooming gang and some traumatic Honour Killing cases to name a few.  He is involved in 9 charities who work to end violence against women and his passion was clear. He spoke about crimes that are hidden in plain sight, of stalking and the impact on victims. He gave us some hard statistics

  • 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse
  • 1 in 5 are subject to sexual assault
  • 4 million men are violent towards their partners
  • 2 women are killed by their partner each week.

Nazir received a standing ovation from members.

Melanie Brown MBE

Melanie was Scary Spice, one of the famous Spice Girls. She was subject to domestic abuse ad coercive control during her 10 year marriage. She was interviewed on stage by Victoria Derbyshire and spoke candidly about her personal experiences.

Timothy Watson

Timothy played an abuser for some years on The Archers and spoke about his work with Womens Aid charity who had supported the storyline. Their work allowed them at the same time to influence changes in the law and in December 2015 Coercive Control was made illegal.

Posted by: Nicola
Posted on: 20 June 2024