2015-10 Autumn Report

The annual Dolau WI trip was held on the 12th August. On one of the summer’s sunniest and warmest evenings members took a trip to Wye Lavender Farm, just outside Rhayader on the St Harmon Road. The weather was perfect and we were greeted by Zoe Griffiths the owner who gave a talk on how the business was formed and members were then able to walk around her garden and field of Lavender, finishing with members purchasing lavender products from her shop. The view was fabulous and you could imagine you might have been in the south of France. A very worthwhile trip.  Members then continued their evening with an enjoyable meal and social at the Triangle Inn in Rhayader.

At the beginning of September we continued the plant theme by holding a question and answer evening with David Holt from Midway Nurseries.  There was a good turnout of WI members and local people, some 60 in number with many bringing along their problem plants for David to analyse and provide solutions. The evening concluded with Dolau WI providing an excellent supper.

September also saw members enjoying a WI Centenary celebration Cheese and Wine evening with past and present members attending; thanks were expressed to everyone who helped make the evening enjoyable.

By the time the October meeting arrived a business meeting was due. Heather congratulated Julie Hardwick for gaining 3rd place at the RWAS in the WI Brecon Cup competition. Congratulations also went to Gill Holt for winning the Poetry & Prose Jean Woosnam silver salver for the third year in a row, and to Chris Haslock whose winning WI painting was displayed in the Metrepole during Victorian week.

Heather expressed thanks to Philip Hardwick for his work in placing the School Bench outside Dolau School gates and Julie Hardwick was thanked  for organising a  Macmillan coffee morning which raised over £500.

The business meeting was then followed by a talk from Chris and Andy Bull from Crossgates about their work at Bulabakulu Children’s Village in Uganda. The couple described how they have set up a charity in the UK to fund the work and help provided at the village to approximately 250 orphaned children. The charity provides food, medical help and schooling for the children of all ages. Chris and Andy fly out to Uganda every February to give much needed ‘hands on’ help and meet all the children to see how they are progressing.  Fairtrade products were available to buy and Heather Lewis thanked Chris and Andy for their informative presentation and wished them well in their efforts. Heather won the competition for chocolate brownies made from Fairtrade products. The next meeting in November will be the AGM.

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