The latest village newsletter is now online. If you’re in the village – a printed copy should have already come through your door.
Monthly meetings of the Little Thetford Women’s Institute are held on the first Monday of the month (except where indicated in the programme), at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.
Visitors are welcome to attend any meeting at a cost of £3 (limited to two per year).
There is a raffle every month and often a quiz.
President: Christine Bullen, 01353649268
Secretary: Sarah Shea-Simonds, 07725575494
Treasurer: Diane Hopkins, 07880694198
Programme Secretary: Hilary Downes, 01353649471
See also our article, Little Thetford WI.
NFWI and Federation web site: www.womens-institute.org.uk/islofely
|5 January||Discussion with wine||An evening at Susan’s house|
|2 February||Shoes and handbags||Talk: Claire Ashmeade|
|2 March||The Anglo-Saxons at West Stow||Talk: Kim Smith|
|30 March||The fascinating world of mushrooms and toadstools||Illustrated talk: Jonathan Revitt|
|27 April||How to make a fabric flower||Demonstration: Lesley Partridge (cost £1.80 p/p)|
|1 June||The history and work of The Royal School of Embroidery||Illustrated talk: Jane Hipkin|
|6 July||Lakenheath Airbase||Illustrated talk: title and speaker to be confirmed|
|3 August||Next year’s programme (please give ideas to Hilary/Christine in advance)||At Hilary’s house|
|7 September||The art of covering boxes||Demonstration: Barbara Redman|
|5 October||Theatrical make-up OPEN EVENING||Demonstration: Chris Clarke (6 volunteer models required)|
|2 November||The history of chocolate||Talk: Sarah Fowler (Chocolate will be for sale)|
|7 December||To be decided|
You may recall about four years ago that villager David Fletcher reported some of his archaeology finds to us—see “Curse tablets and other finds“. You may also recall that we were very interested in his suspected Roman rolled curse tablet. Since then, David has been busy. We can now report his collection of over 300 curse tablets found in and around Little Thetford. Great work David!
This will be a major village event as we commemorate the start of World War 1 in a thoughtful and dignified way. We hope that you will be able to support us. We will be open between 10.00 and 5.00 on the Saturday and 11.00 and 4.00 pm. on the Sunday.
Mike Petty will be with us in the Church on the Saturday evening at 7:30 pm to give another of his wonderfully entertaining talks, as he explains just what the conflict meant to small fenland communities like ours. Tickets are £5.00 to include a glass of wine and will be available from the Drewrys (648819) or the Shaws (649470).
Finally at 6.00 pm. on the Sunday evening we will hold a service in the Church, led by the Rev. John Sansom, when the refurbished plaque, now with its full compliment of names, will be rededicated—see the Ely Standard article here: First World War plaque set to be re-dedicated at village church. We look forward to seeing you there.
See also St George’s Church 2011 flower festival.
We seem to get more and more plastic bags being delivered collecting on behalf of one charitable organisation or another. Are they all genuine? Well, that is hard for us as householders to tell. All collectors must hold a House to House Collections Act 1939 National Exemptions Order issued by the Home Office or a House to House Collection License issued by the local council, in our case, East Cambridgeshire District Council.
It turns out that the “NSPCC”, whose recent bag is being distributed and collected by Clothes Aid, is indeed one of the 44 organisations holding a National Exemption Order from the Home Office (PDF). In addition, and as a courtesy, Clothes Aid informed East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) that they will be collecting in the ECDC area between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015. On the other hand, it appears that “Helping Our Soldiers”, whose recent bag is being distributed by Maksim Ltd, does not hold a National Exemption order from the Home Office nor, according to an ECDC spokesperson, does “Helping Our Soldiers” hold a House to House Collection License to collect on Friday 18 July 2014 within the ECDC area (SVG).
If you suspect that such apparently charitable collections are not genuine, simply do not put anything in the bag. You can always give directly to your favourite charity’s high street shop, many of whom offer a personal collection service anyway.