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January 2022

by Quedgeley WI - January 25th, 2022.
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Our January meeting was well attended but didn’t begin with the usual singing of Jerusalem due to Covid precautions and the fact that we were all wearing masks. As the February meeting will be our 97th Birthday Supper volunteers were requested to make the delicious puddings that are always enjoyed and that will go with quiche, new potatoes, salad and wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Those members who will be attending the Supper were reminded to bring crockery, cutlery and a wine glass. Although this year’s subscriptions are not due until April we received our programme for 2022 and also the booklet containing our membership card and numerous vouchers and discount codes that can be used for anything including clothing, holidays or stair lifts. Our monthly Coffee Mornings at The Roastery are still going ahead and the Luncheon Club will be meeting shortly for their first meal. A round of the W I Quiz will be held in Frampton near the end of March and we are still hoping to visit the Javelin Park Incinerator.

Our speaker for the evening was Theresa Fisher who is a Tesco Community Champion. For anyone who sees Tesco as just a supermarket to pop into for their shopping, it was a big surprise to find out just how much they are involved with charities and helping the community. Tesco has a zero waste policy and food and items that haven’t been purchased are given to allocated groups like schools, charities and food banks. Theresa was especially impressed with the generosity of the customers who donated to the in-store collections of food at Christmas. Several times a year groups are allowed to have a table inside the store where they can raise extra funds for themselves as well as charity collections inside and outside the store.

Before the pandemic Theresa visited several schools, care homes and anyone who needed any help but although she still meets lots of different people this has changed since Covid. She is involved with the Knit and Knatter group that consists of forty members, made up of people from the community and Tesco colleagues who meet on Mondays in Tesco. Their knitting raises lots of money for various charities and the group are responsible for the decorated post boxes and yarn bombing seen in the area as well as knitting baby hats, cardigans and blankets for the hospital and items for the homeless. The group members were also responsible for many of the knitted poppies that were made to help raise funds for the Royal British Legion. With Theresa’s involvement with the local Litter Picking Group she certainly has enough to keep her occupied.

Last year she was invited to Westminster Abbey to be presented with the British Empire Medal for services to Gloucester where she met Prince William and his wife Kate. Her other achievement was to celebrate a special birthday when she did a sky dive to raise money for Heart Heroes, a charity for children with heart conditions and was in remembrance of her granddaughter who died three years ago. This was a very informative talk about our “local shop” and we are now more informed about just how much Tesco does for the community.

Talks this year will include SS Great Britain – Launch to Relaunch, Gloucester’s Victorian Docks, Perfumes and testers, Georgian Ladies Costumes, Rococo Gardens and the Army Medical Corps as well as other events.

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