St Leonards and Hastings Wonky Women’s Institute

MEMBERS of the Wonky WI got creative at the latest meeting on July 2. The craft and social night had a real buzz about it as members swapped skills - and gossip.

Demonstrations included badge - and mirror-making (with some very cool vintage fabric), beautiful patchwork quilting, superior knitting skills (including woolly top hats!), clever paper-cutting, and beaded jewellery-making (dangly earrings and bracelets). Before getting stuck in, we were treated to a lecture about Fairtrade from Old Town resident and ‘Fair Trader’ Christine Ward, who brought along a colourful selection of Traidcraft products for members to try and buy (from yummy chocolate to bamboo socks).

We discovered that in the last year Fairtrade principles (a better deal for disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world) helped provide irrigation training for fruit growers in Chile, awareness training for jewellery workers in India, felt-making workshops for formerly trafficked women in Nepal, and 100 bicycles for charcoal workers in Namibia.

Christine’s inspiring talk marked the Wonky WI’s recent decision to become a Fairtrade organisation, with only Fairtrade drinks served, alongside a Fairtrade raffle.

If you’d like to attend a Wonky WI meeting, please come along at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month at Frimley, 64 London Road, St Leonards, at 7.30pm. Non-members can attend three meetings for free. Please visit www.wonkywi.com for details.