August 2018: Community News
Community news for Yate & Chipping Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury WI
We all love a good story and the WI members and visitors were entertained by Elaine Miles by her own short stories, Elaine was originally booked in March but the Beast from the East put a stop to the evening meeting taking place. It was well worth the wait as the stories were a mixture of her own experiences and fiction and the description of her sons going to university will be the same for many families in a few weeks’ time. How many mothers leave their young adults in their new rooms drive away only to pull out the tissues and have a good cry?
Having the ability to see to read our own preferred literature is so important. This ability has been brought about by surgical intervention for many of us. In 1952 the WI joined a campaign to educate the British public about corneal grafting – an eye surgery technique that had been possible since 1905 but was still not permissible in the UK.
The Corneal Grafting Act in 1952 laid the foundation for the 1961 Human Tissue Act and the wide acceptance of organ donation among the public and within the law. Today, around one in three people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register. The WI will continue to fight for public issues, which continue to change the lives of all.
There is no official August meeting but the members meet for a social evening. The next official meeting will be on 6 September with a schedule speaker talking about Windsor Castle. This will be held at 7.30pm at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. If you wish to come along please do so and we will make sure that you will not be a stranger for long.
Further information can be found on the WI web site www.thewi.org.uk
Chipping Sodbury (Morning) WI
The number of ladies attending our WI is, to everyone’s delight, increasing which is wonderful and everyone is made very welcome. Although our Institute has its serious side it is also a lovely place to make new friends and try new things and have fun.
Coming up, we have a visit to Acton Court with lunch in the pub beforehand, our regular quarterly craft afternoon, proposed AGM Autumn Lunch, Coffee and Cake morning in August and lots more. Our book club is flourishing, our skittles team is evolving and our entry for the Horton Show will be stunning.
After Coffee we welcomed our Speaker Steve Price to our meeting. Steve is a long distance swimmer and the first man to swim across the Bristol, English and Irish Channels. We were kept thoroughly entertained as we heard how Steve battled with the elements, jellyfish and supertankers to complete his landmark swims.
We do not have a meeting in August but everyone is welcome at our Coffee and Cake morning on 21 August 2018 at 10.00 am. at the Old Grammar School. Our next meeting will be on 18 September 2018 at 10.00 m at the Old Grammar School; please come along and join us you will have a really great morning and will be made very welcome.