In April, WI members were joined by nine visitors to take part in the Great Food Debate. Our Facilitator for the evening was Philip Pritchard from the Earth Trust. After a general discussion on the topic including food waste, food miles and buying local, we were divided into 3 groups each with a different brief. One group considered what we could do as individuals, another what we could do as a WI and finally what influence we could have locally and internationally. We then all came together and a lively debate followed with suggestions as varied as making shopping lists, to eating seasonally, to paying more for our food, to lobbying governments. It was a most informative and thought-provoking evening.
As usual, there have also been various trips and activities in the past months and here are some members' views.
A visit to the London docklands: Members of the W.I who went on a tour of the docklands on Tuesday 29 April found the whole experience both interesting and informative in spite of the travel delay caused by a strike on the underground. Many were of the opinion that there was more to see and would enjoy another trip – Veronica
Garden visit to the Lambourn area: In the second of our annual garden visits this year, arranged by Marion Symes, we had a marvellous day in the Berkshire downs at Rooksnest in the morning and Inholmes in the afternoon, with the lunch break in-between spent in the garden of an excellent pub, The Hare. The gardens were open under the NGS scheme and the weather, being all that one could wish for, added to the enjoyment in wandering at leisure in one of the most immaculate and beautiful private gardens seen in a long time. The gardens are open again in June if you want to see for yourselves - Margaret
Next meetings: in June we will hear about a place closer to home - Judy Gibbons will talk about the Donkey Sanctuary at Island Farm. In July, we deal with a subject which is of great concern as our population grows older and we live longer - Claire Abolins will speak about the work of Dementia Friends.
As you can see, there is always food for thought at our meetings!
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