THERE was a good turn-out for our January meeting and it was lovely to welcome nine new faces.
Subscriptions for the year were collected and resolution slips given in. Everyone who had taken part in the snowflake workshop agreed that it had been a great success and, as we made over 40 of them, that was another of the 40 challenges achieved. We had reminders from County including events to celebrate the 95 years of the Staffordshire Federation.
Nearer to home we are looking forward to the Group meeting on March 26th, at Meerbrook.
We are even thinking about Leek Show in July as planning and making takes a while to complete.
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Leek Show the theme this year are the Seasons, a repeat of the first WI entries.
Our 40 challenges will make it a busy year and we have a fashion show, coffee morning and keep-fit activities planned. We have been invited to a fashion show at Longsdon in March and we enjoy supporting them, as long as we have any money left after our own fashion show.
Our wonderful walks begin again on January 20th, with a walk from Westport Lake to Harecastle tunnel and our book clubs are still going strong.
Our speakers for the evening, Maureen and John Belfield, explained the work of the Leek and District Foodbank. First set up on June 18th, 2013, it operates as a Trussell Trust Foodbank with it's own board of Trustees and is a Christian Charity. It has to follow Trussell Trust guidelines which all operate the same way.
It needed three tons of food before opening in Leek and there is a lot of work involved behind the scenes-collecting, weighing and sorting food.
Anyone could find themselves in the position to need a foodbank and those in need are referred by different agencies.
There is a limit to how many times food can be collected as the foodbank is crisis-led, not a long-term solution.
People in need are treated with respect and get any support or advice needed.
Opening every Tuesday and Friday, the Foodbank has the constant problem of building a variety of stock. The general public and supermarkets are very generous and nothing is rejected when it is given with kindness.
We will make our own food collection at our February meeting to pass onto the Foodbank and hope that it helps in some small way. Our next meeting, on February 10th, has the intriguing title of Love Actually. For anyone who would like to come along, we meet at St. Luke's Church Centre, at 7.30pm. You will be very welcome.