Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Busy time for Old Buckenham WI

Talk, walks and events
Members at the July Meeting of Old Buckenham WI enjoyed an inspiring talk from Edward Bates on the work of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB). Edward has been blind from birth but with the help of a Braille tablet delivered a lively and entertaining account of the charity which is self-funded and has bases in Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Kings’ Lynn as well as Norwich. Apparently there are 20,000 people with some sort of sight loss in the Norfolk area. The NNAB has twenty self-contained flats and a nursing home in Norwich. They also help with the provision of aids to sight as well as classes in art and craft, basketry, dancing and photography to provide companionship and help for blind and partially sighted people. There are between 270 and 300 people who work for the NNAB on a voluntary basis

The busy summer continues with Old Buckenham WI having their annual Norwich Walk, a stall at the Village Hall Fete, a fund-raising Garden Party and a Progressive Supper. Over a dozen members attended an evening at the Gressenhall Museum to mark the WI Centenary Year. Despite it being the wettest night of the year there was the opportunity to enjoy music, floral displays, hand sewn quilts, the Centenary Salver competition (where Old Buckenham gained a very creditable fourth place), and memorabilia from the past years of the WI in Norfolk.
Hopefully there will be a quiet August and then it will be the Produce Show at the Village Hall on Sunday 13 September where they are looking forward to lots and lots of entries.

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