On a damp and gloomy Saturday the Murley Hall provided the setting for our first Dabble Day. Members and friends were able to try a variety of crafts in ‘Have a go’ sessions throughout the day, plus enjoy warming soups and delightful cakes in good company. Well done to Sylvia for organising everything and to all those who helped make it such a success.
Trevena Cross Garden Centre was the venue for the November Meeting of Camera Club. With so much to photograph by way of plants, pots and ornaments everyone got going on their own collection. Some chose to capture the plants, Helen concentrated on the colony of gnomes who dwell there, while Sue and Lisa caught reflections in garden mirrors. With a visit to the café to round off the trip it was a very pleasant afternoon.
A group of members plus some friends and partners had an extremely enjoyable trip to The Manor House Hotel in Devon earlier this month. They had a great time enjoying all the craft activities plus fantastic food, the spa and everything else that the hotel had to offer.
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.