As we enter the final weeks of 2017, it’s time to reflect on the remarkable events enjoyed by WIs across the county; the centenary year of our county federation was marked by celebrations across Nottinghamshire, culminating with a brass band concert at the end of November.
Closer to home, Carlton WI enjoyed an interesting and informative autumn period. The guest speaker at the group’s October meeting was Carlton’s gardening guru, Barbara Shelley, who hosted a Gardeners’ Question Time event which could easily have progressed into the early hours, such were the quantity of questions and quest for horticultural knowledge. It was a splendid evening, made even better by the sheer amount of information shared by members. November’s meeting was equally special, a talk on ‘Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy’ — members were all mesmerised.
Conscious of the needs of women in third world and developing countries, committee member, Janet Boswell, suggested an ingenious way of raising funds to provide education and training for these people. Every member was given a humble tube of Smarties, once empty the tube is then filled with 20p pieces, the average tube will — unbelievably — hold £12.00 This money is then dispatched to help young women in Guatemala to receive training in skills to equip them for life, a far better outlook than spending years scavenging amongst the rubbish tips for anything remotely saleable. Members have until April 2018 to fill these Smartie tubes so the financial challenge is minimal. An excellent contribution Janet!