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The members of Crowlas and Ludgvan WI have been looking at ways to cut back on their use of plastics and reduce all other waste, included their precious funds. At every meeting multiple payments are handed over to the treasurer and this is usually handed over in plastic money bags or paper envelopes with sticky labels attached.
Not any more. Members are making drawstring bags from recycled fabric and these will replace both plastic bags and the envelopes. The first of these are already in use for the monthly meeting sales table,
Raffle and Board games donations and some members have offered to
embroider them to help the treasurer identify which are filled with
which fund. In addition members are being encouraged to pay for
activities and subscriptions via Bacs bank transfer. This system has the added environmentally sound benefits as requires less car journeys to the bank. At Crowlas and Ludgvan WI we are very conscious of the need to do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment. Whilst we know these are only small changes we recognise that if everyone makes them together they can have a big impact.
The Murley Hall was Buzzing on Monday evening as members were joined by Charlotte Goodship from the Wheal Buzzy Project. Charlotte is Project Officer for the scheme, run by the Cornwall AONB, which aims to promote awareness and create space for solitary bees in Cornwall, particularly Cornish Mining Bees.
Members were astounded to hear that Cornwall is host to more than 190 species of bee, some of which feed on a single plant variety. Charlotte encouraged everyone to provide the three simple things that the bees need; shelter, food and water.
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Our annual Educational Trip this year was to Powderham Castle and Exeter. Members were joined by family and friends trip which was free for members.
We started with a guided tour of the castle and found out about the chequered history of the Courtenay family, who have made the castle their home since 1390. We were very lucky with the weather and allenjoyed walking about the castle in glorious sunshine.
From Powderham we headed to Exeter for individuals to enjoy the city. Some visited the cathedral, some the museum and lots enjoyed the opportunity for some retail therapy. With a sweet based quiz on the bus all agreed this was a great trip and we are looking forward to next year’s.
There was initial disappointment when the services of the Cornwall Air Ambulance were called upon ahead of our visit for a talk and the opportunity to meet the crew at their base at Newquay Airport, but as if on schedule, the helicopter returned just as the presentation got underway and members and accompanying friends and family were able to meet some of the crew and get up close to the second helicopter in the hangar. Donations for a delicious cream tea with home baked items, proceeds from a raffle and a donation from Crowlas and Ludgvan WI realised a total of approximately £160 to go towards this very worthy cause.
Members met at Kathy’s house to discuss their latest read: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
After discussing the book, a collection of letters spanning twenty years between an American book lover and a London Bookseller, they watched the 1987 film adaptation. To everyone’s delight Kathy had prepared food from the picnic detailed in the book, Turkey sandwiches, devilled eggs and a pineapple upside down cake.
When Ludgvan School needed some help in upgrading 60 pupil chairs they knew who to turn to and contacted their local WI . President Alison Latham and committee member Val Puddiphatt went along to the school during the summer holiday to meet the Headmaster Adam Anderson and take a look at what might be involved. Always keen to take on a project, they were more than happy to help and a plea was sent out to members for their time and assistance in renovating the chairs. With a few husbands coming along too, the work took place in sessions over the holidays, stripping down the old fabric and padding and replacing it with new vibrant blue. The staff and children were delighted with the result and thanked Crowlas and Ludgvan WI with lovely letters saying how comfortable they are and how they will help them concentrate in class.
Mary, Gail and Sue model their crowns made as part of the Cakes, Craft and Camping Weekend organised by CFWI. Joining members from 16 other WI’s in decorated tents, everyone was able to choose from a fantastic variety of activities including archery, knitting, scone-making, zipwiring, pedal carting, making paper flower crowns; making stencilled bags, bushcraft, and much more. See here for more photos of the weekend.
Our September walk was on a glorious late summer day.The picture shows a view of Portherras Cove from where the walking group enjoying their picnic before continuing to Pendeen Lighthouse.
The August Meeting was a very food orientated affair. Our Guest Speaker was Liz Llewellyn-Jones, known to many as a member of the CFWI as a member of the Board of Trustees. Liz talked about her career in Catering in the Royal Navy, with a selection of fascinating photographs and anecdotes that illustrated the fun and hard worked that it entailed. An August indoor picnic has become customary at CLWI, and members chose their sandwich variety and were presented with a paper picnic bag complete with individual picnic – the sandwiches wrapped in reusable Beeswax Wraps to take away. The committee had spend an enjoyable day making the wraps, some of which were also available to buy on the evening.
Another coastal walk this month but with a difference! The walk was mainly over moorland and fields and flat! We followed the coastal path starting at Predannack Wollas to Soapy Cove where there was a steep descent and ascent. We continued along to Kynance Cove and stopped to eat and to admire the views of Mounts Bay, heather and wild flowers.
The return inland followed a bridal way skirting the old wartime aerodrome of Predannack. Old rusted aeroplanes are still visible and the airfield was busy with gliders making the most of the good weather. (Shirley B)