2011-10 October Report

Dolau WI Report – October 2011 News

Dolau W.I. members gathered to enjoy the October meeting in the Community Hall. The business discussed consisted of invitations to a range of Christmas workshops and events. These included crafts, dances, a Christmas concert, games night, Chinese auction and “A Taste of Christmas Fashion Show”.

We are asked for colour photographs for a WI Calendar – not what some of you might be thinking – comprising pictures of Radnorshire. A
programme planning meeting in the recently reopened Hundred House Inn, Bleddfa was scheduled for the following week. Our President, Julie Hardwick, then welcomed the two speakers for the evening – Rachel, Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator for Wales Air Ambulance / Ambiwlans Awir Cymru and Neil, Paramedic based in Welshpool.

We learnt about the history of the air ambulance which is all charity funded and operates all over Wales able to reach rural accidents, emergencies in isolated locations and rough terrain within twenty minutes of a call out. We can now identify where the familiar red helicopters have come from by their appearance. We were very impressed to hear details about their performance and statistics related to the huge numbers of rescue missions that are undertaken, often in winter weather, over busy traffic and working closely with police, coastguards and mountain rescue.

The service costs over £5M a year that is all raised through public donations. We can all support this excellent local cause by shopping at Rhayader WAA Shop, by arranging a fundraising legacy or volunteering. The speakers opened discussions to the group and provided impressive and entertaining anecdotes. Julie Hardwick expressed thanks to the speakers for their informative and entertaining presentation.

Forthcoming events:

2nd November: AGM, followed by a talk / display by Vann’s Good Food shop  

4th November: Annual Quiz – Dolau Community Hall 7.30pm Visitors are very welcome. For more information please contact Julie on 851256 or Colette on 851050

7th December: Glenda Nixon – Cake Decorating – and Kath Nixon – Christmas Flower Arrangements.

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