‘Time to Talk’ about Organ Donation

The WI’s Time to Talk Campaign is about making sure we all know what our loved ones’ wishes are about organ donation. The decision to be a donor is up to each of us (you can become Registered Donor here if you like), but in the end, it’s left to thousands of families every year to turn those wishes into actions.

We know talking about donation with our loved ones can sometimes be difficult. So we’ve come up with a way to use WI members’ talents to show their leadership in finding the Time to Talk.

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We’re starting the Big Conversation, which means we’re asking each and every WI member to:

  • Find the Time to Talk and have a conversation with their loved one about their organ donation decision
  • Get creative and make something through craft or illustration to show who you spoke to
  • Take a photo and send it to us

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Did you sit down to a cup of tea with your husband? Did you mention it to your children when you were cooking dinner in the kitchen? Maybe you mentioned to a close friend after getting your driving license renewed? Perhaps reading a story about donation in the paper prompted you to talk to a family member.

Transform who you spoke to (or are going to speak to) and the context of that conversation into whatever craft or creative project you like. It can be as skilful (crochet, pottery, decoupage, quilling, embroidery) or basic (spell out their name in icing or take a selfie spelling out who you told!) as you want.

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Take a photo of it and post it to social media using the hashtag #WITimetoTalk. Or email it to the NFWI Public Affairs team (publicaffairs@nfwi.org.uk) and we’ll publish it for you.

The results will be shared online over the next year on Twitter, Facebook and an online photo gallery. At the end, we will create a massive mosaic of photographs of all the WI members’ crafts for a special exhibition as part of the WI’s centenary year.

With each photo representing a real conversation, together they will show how WI members have found the Time to Talk, and inspire others to do the same. Remember every single discussion about organ donation is part of a bigger conversation.

You have until Friday 27 March 2015 to share your conversation photos with us. Get crafting!

Click here for more detailed instructions on how to participate as well as some ideas to get you thinking creatively!


More Buzzy Bee Information!

big_beeHave you heard of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust?

It was established because of serious concerns about the ‘plight of the bumblebee’. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically. The Trust aims to support the conservation of all bumblebees and to raise awareness and increase understanding about bumblebees and the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits which they and other pollinators provide.

So what can we do?

We can plant a bumblebee-friendly garden! This means planting a variety of flowers that are rich in pollen and nectar which bees can easily access from spring until late summer. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s website has a handy online tool for you to determine how bee-friendly your garden is. Give it a go!

And if you’d like to get more involved, the Trust is always happy to welcome volunteers to help spread the word.

The Trust’s website also includes some lovely recipes using bee-pollinated foods. Here’s one:

Lavender Scones

375g self raising flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
80g butter
250ml milk (may also use lavender infused milk)
2 teaspoons fresh or 1 tsp dried lavender flowers


  • Preheat oven to 220 C
  • Place the lavender flowers in a blender/food processor/herb grinder for a few seconds to turn them into a course powder.
  • Combine the flour, sugar and lavender in a medium size bowl.
  • Add the butter, and with your fingertips, combine until the mixture reaches the consistency of fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the milk, and blend the mixture together.
  • Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until it forms a soft dough.
  • Flatten dough until it is approximately 2cm thick.
  • Using scone cutter (or glass) cut the dough into shapes.
  • Lightly dust baking sheet with self raising flour, and place the scone shapes onto the baking sheet, placing them 1 cm apart.
  • Lightly brush with milk
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 14-16 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Place on wire racks to cool.
  • Enjoy!

Save the High Street – Do Your Part!

5961266-largeThorne’s Fruit & Veg in Penzance is doing its part to help save the high street! If you spend £10 at Thorne’s on any visit in the month of April, they’ll give you £1 to pay for two hours’ parking in town.

Malcolm Hendy, who has run the shop with his wife Sue for the past 18 years, says, ““It would be great if we could encourage some of those who currently do all their shopping at the big supermarkets to come into town to do their shopping.”

This is right in line with the WI’s efforts to encourage people to shop in their local high streets.

You can read the full article about Thorne’s in The Cornishman here.

Excess Baggage

groceries in a bagDo you always bring your own shopping bags when you go to the supermarket? Do you sometimes forget, even though you have the best of intentions?

The WI’s latest campaign is an attempt to reduce plastic bag use in England.

England’s plastic bag use is almost six times that of Wales, due to the 5p a bag charge introduced by the Welsh government in 2011. Northern Ireland and Scotland are following the lead set by Wales and are now also charging for single use plastic bags.

According to this month’s WI Life:

Plastic bags can remain in the environment for hundreds of years. In the Pacific, an area one and a half times the size of Europe is covered by a ‘soup’ of plastic debris. Unable to biodegrade, the plastic simply floats with the currents. Many birds and other marine life mistake it for food, even feeding it to their young, and die from the effects. On land, plastic bags pollute waterways, block drains and cause flooding, as well as posing risks to animals and livestock.

With so many gorgeous re-usable bags available at the moment, there’s no reason to keep using plastic.

Why not stop by our stall at the Penzance Farmers’ Market on Friday 4 October. We always have lovely handmade shopping bags for sale! You’ll be supporting Crowlas & Ludgvan WI as well as doing your part for the environment.

Country of Origin Labelling update

Clear country of origin labelling (COOL) is an issue the WI has been lobbying on since 2010. The last round of negotiations on this saw Members of the European Parliament agree to adopt regulations to include the origin of fresh meat on their labels, yet for other produce, UK consumers have been left to rely on retailers signing up to a voluntary scheme amid concern that mandatory origin labelling is too complex and expensive.

We know that consumers want country of origin labelling that reflects their understanding of food. With meat products they want to know where the animal was reared, rather than where the final product was packed and produced.

The NFWI has urged the government to back whole scale reform of food labelling laws, and to use their influence in establishing a European consensus on new regulations following the recent problems highlighted by supply chain contamination with horse meat. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has reported that he has secured a commitment to speed up the review of labelling, expected to report later this year. The NFWI will continue to monitor developments.