Community Concerns




We hope you have been knitting for the Teams4U appeal. We need HATS, gloves, mittens and scarves. Knitted or hand-crafted soft toys are also requested this year, max size 20 x 10 x 5cm. The collection is earlier in October and we are arranging drop-off points around the County for you. October 5th is the deadline. Information on drop-off points will be sent to your WI Secretary and available on SharePoint WI Information. We know you will help us and the children.Thank you.


If you still have to send in your 'Coins for Friendship' cheques please do so - Remember to make them payable to A.C.W.W.


Hello, I am Janice Jackson, newly appointed as the Climate Ambassador for the Federation. Growing your own is deemed a good healthy activity for mind and body. But is it good for the planet? Recently during ‘Lockdown’ many of us could not buy what was required and resorted to ‘making do’. We buy new plants and seeds each year and throw away the old, but some are viable for many years. So, I found a variety of seeds dated 2012, sowed them into reused plant pots full of garden soil and some were very successful: tomatoes, basil, oriental greens, and a full packet of salad rocket. I hoped for a few plants and the whole lot germinated.

A little more confident, I tried American land cress dated 2005, which normally should have been thrown away, and a whole row of seedlings emerged, amazing! The kitchen provided a few successes too: fresh seed from a pumpkin harvested last autumn, supermarket packets of sugar snap peas (sow a few of the peas, eat the rest), a few cuttings taken of ‘ready to eat’ thyme and sage in packets grew into new plants and a pot of chives for the kitchen is thriving transplanted into the garden and will grow for years. So what benefits were achieved for the planet? Using what you’ve got and ‘making do’ saved on new plastic waste which pollutes the oceans, saved fuel emissions driving to garden centres or on home deliveries, saved on buying new packets of seed, saved on manufacturing emissions of plastic plant pots and large plastic bags which are full of compost mostly sourced from precious or endangered peatlands which should be protected and nurtured. I saved money too, even more to spend on WI activities.

May 2020

ACWW: Coins for Friendship. Would WIs please send their cheques for the Coins for Friendship to County Office.




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