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May 2017

by Quedgeley WI - May 19th, 2017.
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May meetings at a WI means Resolutions.  Every year WI members have the chance to put forward issues as resolutions that they want to see the WI’s National body campaign on.  This year the subjects where Alleviating Loneliness and the Plastic Soup that contaminates our oceans.  Before members voted on the Resolutions we heard about our WI coming 3rd in the first round of the GFWI Quiz which means that they will be going onto the next round at the end of July.  Let’s hope the questions are a little easier this time!   The proposed skittle match to raise funds for a local child is still going ahead in spite of the little girl sadly passing away but the proceeds will be given to the hospice who looked after her at the end of her very short life. On a happier note, some members are looking forward to a coach trip to Weston Super Mare at the end of June when we hope the weather will be kind as well as the Group Meeting at the end of July with a theme of cruising with entertainment from a cruise ship singer.

After voting on the Resolutions we had a break for a few snacks and drinks and then heard  from  Debbie Gills, one of our own members who works for the Alzheimer’s Society with a talk on the subject of Dementia Friends. She started by asking us the first thing that comes into our heads when we hear the word dementia and unfortunately, but typically, they were all negative words but she explained that dementia can be positive as well.  It is not a natural part of ageing and it is possible to live well with dementia.  There are over one hundred different types  which is caused by diseases of the brain.  It’s not just about losing your memory, it can affect your thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks and she explained  about how we can help someone with dementia such as keeping sentences simple and talking more slowly and above all being more understanding. Many of us who have experienced dementia in the family will now know that there is an organisation like Dementia Friends that aims to transform the way people see someone with dementia and tackles the stigma and lack of understanding on this common subject.  Several people signed up to be a Dementia Friend and hopefully will have gained a better insight into dementia in all its forms.

At the meeting in June we will be hearing from Sandra Ashford with her talk on “Objects of Interest” which should be “interesting”.  If anyone would like to come along, either as a visitor or new member they will be made very welcome.  We meet at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month at Quedgeley Village Hall so please either contact our President Pat Watts on Gloucester 502252, visit our website at www.quedgeleywi.co.uk or find us on www.facebook.com/quedgeleywi

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