Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Old Buckenham WI

Magic, reading and greyhounds

At the April Group Meeting (this is the meeting shared with five other local WIs) the audience were entertained by professional magician Steve Short. His talk centred around the life of David Nixon (most members were old enough to remember him from his TV programmes) and Steve followed this up with some magic of his own.
At the normal monthly meeting, members were pleased to welcome Amanda Cockburn from the Primary School who had chosen Old Buckenham WI members as recipients of "Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes as part of "World Book Night".
Then everyone welcomed Fleck and Grizzly (two retired greyhounds) with their owners. The speakers talked about the work of the charity formed in 1975, currently with 70 branches in the UK. The life span of a greyhound is 12 to 14 years and most racing greyhounds retire at the age of 4 to 5 years. Consequently many years are spent in retirement along with the many greyhounds that do not make the grade for racing. It costs £750 to re-home each greyhound and there is always a long list waiting to be re-homed.
Old Buckenham WI gives an annual bursary of £150 to a member attending a course at Denman College (the WI's own college in Oxfordshire) and this year the recipient is Alison Frank who can use the money towards a course any time during the next twelve months. Alison is now busy studying the programme - there is so much choice on offer.

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