At our May meeting we discussed the two chosen Resolutions for this year – Combatting Loneliness and the Pollution of Our Seas by Non-Biodegradable Particles from Materials and Clothing. The discussion was presented in detail by Germaine Ballinger and both Resolutions were passed unanimously, ready for the National Vote at the AGM in Liverpool.
At our April meeting we had a talk by John Crowther about his work at the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Brimscombe. It was extremely interesting and informative and made you want to make a home for a family of hedgehogs in your own garden! He brought along a small hedgehog which obligingly uncurled itself so we could have a proper look at him – he was lovely!
We hold a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the porch room after the 10am service. We also sell cards EVERY week ....a great idea if you are suddenly in need of a birthday or occasional card or just a blank notecard. Traidcraft ‘s motto is - ‘Traid not Aid’ ...and by coming along and buying from the stall, you are helping people in poorer countries to work their way out of poverty.
The April meeting was well attended. The meeting began with the members being welcomed by the President and the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. They demonstrated the variety of activities that members are involved in from the distribution of Twiddle Muffs [made by the Craft Group] at Horsfall House to the participation of two teams in the WI County Quiz.
Traidcraft’s aim is to focus on helping people work their own way out of poverty. Their vision is for ‘ a world freed from the scandal of poverty where trade is fair and people and communities can flourish”.
Mwathi lives with her family in Kenya. Before Traidcraft stepped in , she was able to sell only one bag of maize from each harvest for 1,250ksh.Her children were going to school but she was behind with their school fees and , in the end, the children had to miss several terms of schooling. They also regularly didn’t have enough food to eat.
At our February meeting we had a talk about the Home-Start Charity by Alex Corgier. Home-Start is a family support charity, where volunteers offer support and practical advice around mental and physical health issues to families and children in need. One of our members has recently become a volunteer, which involves a training course of a day a week for 10 weeks.
Our next meeting on 11th April is a talk about the work at a Hedgehog Hospital by John Crowther. It would be interesting to know how many people actually see hedgehogs in their gardens these days!
Meetings at Box Village Hall are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors are warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.
Geraldine Ames, President