Retford Mayflower WI

by | 5 June 2024 | Retford, Social Group, WI

Retford Mayflower WI’s March meeting was well supported to hear Janet Archer (Retail Partner) and Priyen Kotecha (Optometrist) from Specsavers talk about optical health.

Eyes are the second most complex structure of the body after the brain. The talk covered common eye conditions and how they can change with age. In Bassetlaw people can go to Specsavers with eye issues under the NHS (GPs don’t deal with eyes). Cataracts can be detected and patients referred for surgery. They also offer an OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography) scan for a small fee.

Key points to keep eyes healthy are: give up smoking; limit alcohol; enjoy a healthy and balanced diet; keep active (exercise helps to keep blood pressure down); and protect against UV light by wearing sunglasses.

March also saw a teatime gathering of 11 members to do a town centre litter pick. The haul is always interesting!

Four members went on the Python Boat on the Chesterfield Canal in early April to assist with the canal clean up. It is a rewarding full day but also tiring with the manual work involved.

The April meeting had a last-minute change to the Notts Federation speaker and Suzanne Plampling came along to speak on resolutions past and present.

Charter Day on 6th May saw Mayflower WI members in the Buttermarket providing refreshments including bacon butties, rolls and lots of delicious homemade cakes which always seem very popular. It was a lovely warm day attracting lots of people to the event and the stall was well supported.

At the monthly May meeting Stuart Noble was welcomed to talk about carbon footprint impact. On 12th June there will be a talk by the Chesterfield Canal Trust.

If any ladies are free on the second Wednesday of the month and interested in the WI, the Mayflower group meets at Stephen House on Chapelgate at 7.30pm. All are welcome to visit!