Working in the community and being part of The WI means I often meet or hear of different groups and people in my local community who are making a difference where we live. From groups to individuals who go out of their way to support others, like the ladies who set up The Lunch Bunch. A social group for carers of dementia sufferers where they can go with their loved ones and socialise together providing support and respite for each other in an understanding environment. Set up from nothing with no funding just an idea and dedication yet transforming the…

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For Father’s Day Who puts the bins out on a Sunday night And gives me a cuddle if I’ve had a fright Who teaches me the difference ‘tween wrong and right That’s my Dad Who plays football when he’s not in the mood Talks mum into buying my favourite food Who stifles a giggle as he says trumping’s rude That’s my Dad Who read me stories but fell asleep Buys football stickers for me to keep Who picks me up when I fall in a heap Thats my Dad Who’ll stand in the rain on my match day Who’s hair…

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This week we’ve had some WI ladies staying over, they were walking from Malvern to the NFWI Annual Conference in Liverpool in support of the Women’s Institute Climate change resolution – of course I wanted the house to look spotless. Having Arthritis means I can’t do a blitz of the house, and vacuuming is a struggle especially with the wires. Numatic have recently launched their Cordless Henry – so it was the perfect opportunity to test this out. I found the cordless Henry is slightly lighter than the classic Henry vacuum, making it easier for me to pull from room…

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This time next week I will be getting ready to collect my new car. This year I had some extra decisions to make, my current car is Diesel and although i’ve been very happy with it the news of diesel pollution and implementing extra costs has made me think twice about getting another.  I’m writing this in collaboration with forum insurance, I decided to do a bit of my own research, although nothing is certain, charges and taxes have been discussed. what’s in store for diesel drivers? 27 cities may bring in diesel charges for drivers. Emissions surcharges, extra parking fees…

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Before we got a dog I never watched pet programmes, now I see them all the time, has there always been this much dog TV? There are 8.5 million dogs in the UK so I suppose there is an audience out there for these programmes. There’s a new one starting soon about dog health, I imagine there’ll be a segment on obesity as I read the average UK dog is 22% overweight. When Ralf the rescue puppy came to live with us we had advice and guidelines from the rescue centre about his care and wellbeing. One piece of advice…

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