WI members re-convened after the summer break on Wednesday the 7th September to hear Emily van Vliet, a representative from the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, tell us about the work of this charity, which is dedicated to empowering children and young adults with profound physical and learning disabilities. Emily explained that the number of people with disabilities is rising, and yet budgets are being cut, with little recognition of the urgent need for social change in this area.

Our president, Diana de la Rue, then gave her report, in which Heathfield Allotments featured prominently. Diana has made a contribution from the sale of allotment produce to the Save Denman fund, and the Allotments and four WI members will appear in a three-page spread in next month’s WI Life magazine. We were also able to make a donation to the Furry Dance Committee after our busy day providing cakes, teas, and ploughman’s lunches at the Methodist Hall during the Furry Dance.

Our annual Summer Supper at the Sailing Club on the 21st July was an enormous success, giving us the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of delicious food, provided by members of the Committee, combined with a sublime view, provided by the sun setting over the estuary.

Sadly there was plenty of litter to be collected by the team at the end of August –especially around the Rag. The next litter pick is scheduled for the 18th October.

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday the 5th October at 2.30 pm in the Committee Room of the Village Hall, when Diana Brand will tell us about her experiences as a mature VSO volunteer.

We are very pleased to welcome anyone who thinks she might be interested in finding out about the Lympstone WI. For more information please phone Diana de la Rue on 01395 274099 or find us on the village website.

Lindy NewtonW