Forum for the Future

INTRODUCTION TO FORUM FOR THE FUTURE COMMITTEE

Promoting Hope, Pride, Respect and Inspiration

How do we see the future? What will the environment be like? How can the WI help to keep as healthy and ecologically sound as possible? The future must not be just about money and wealth; there must be a shift in conscience.

This Committee has been formed to educate and support with the intention to inspire and envision a better future. We cover such topics as recycling; climate change; ending the long hour culture; mental health and home working, ME time; Resolutions; Waste disposal; carbon footprint, and much more.

We hope that you find our articles and speakers thought provoking and enlightening. If you wish to join our Committee, please contact me on j.abbott-hauxwell@berkshirewi.co.uk


Click on the link below to see our recent report on  Plastic Recycling in our County of Berkshire

We also have links to some useful and thoughtful posters you may wish to share with your members.

Plastic Recycling Report

Crush it, Cap it, recycle

Closed Loop Recycling

Approved plastic in the ocean poster

Applications Coloured bottles

PET Pete Costal

PET Pete High Street

PET Pete Rural


Meet Our Members

Angela Wright in her wheelchair in a garden

My name is Angela and I am a member of Redlands WI, Reading. We meet near the Royal Berkshire Hospital and have an age range from 30’s – 80’s. I joined 12 years ago when I stopped working as my disability was worsening. I have two neurological conditions where my brain sends faulty signals round my body, which results in pain and a restricted lifecycle. I have a brilliant PA (carer) called Tracy who enables me to have as normal life as possible. I love gardening and cooking, as well as crafts, and Tracy helps with all those things including getting lots of craft kits ready for WI! I saw an advert in Berkshire News to join the Climate Sub-Committee (which has evolved into Forum For The Future Sub-Committee). I am passionate about the world but I was nervous about joining a Berkshire Committee because I had no experience with them. But in fact it is very little commitment - we meet six times a year, currently by Zoom, and discuss things we can do such as writing articles for Berkshire News. We want to share interesting things with members that we can all do to help. If you ever see an advert for a Berkshire Sub-Committee then I could say ask what it is about and go for it! Everyone has been very friendly and not expected me to be an expert in anything! But there is always some nugget of information I will have seen or remembered that comes to mind, which then gets passed onto you. Between us all we can make a difference, and even small differences add up!


My name is Annette Dolphin, I joined Brimpton WI, a small WI with an average of 25 members, in 2011 and have been Secretary since 2018. I was approached and asked if I would be interested in becoming a BFWI Trustee in 2019 and as I know that the Federation, like all WIs would not exist unless people step up I decided to go along and see if it was for me and. Having attended a couple of board meetings I was co-opted as a Trustee in 2020. Of course, having joined the Board I was asked which of the Sub-committees I would like to join. Forum for the Future was a natural choice for me.

Having been born and raised on a farm I have always loved everything to do with the Countryside. I have been long been aware of the changes that have taken place on our planet during my lifetime whether that’s increased traffic on the roads, more houses and changes to farming methods to increase food production. Forum for the Future does not just encompass climate change but all aspects of the way we live from what we eat, how we cook, dress and dispose of our waste. I’m not an expert on any of these but am a firm believer that we all have ideas and little changes each of us can make can all help our planet.

When I’m not involved in WI matters, I spend as much time as I can with my horses, as well as gardening and cooking.