Food Bank Christmas Gifts: At our Christmas 2018 meeting, instead of bringing a "secret Santa" present for a fellow member, we decided to collect items for the local food bank, and were able to take 4 large boxes to the Imperial Rooms, Matlock. This was so successful that we've decided to repeat the collection for our December 2019
Winnie the Poo Collage: Cromford WI members made a fabric collage of Winnie the Pooh and Friends, which was hung on the railings outside our meeting place from mid June until the end of July, when it was presented to the local playgroup.
This followed on from our 2017 collage, when as part of our Cromford Saves Plastic campaign, we created a collage of Cromford Canal, titled "Cromford Plastic Cut", made completely from plastic waste (apart from stones, which were the bottoms of egg boxes). Red milk bottle tops became flowers, and black food dishes formed part of the narrow boat, the buffers being orange nets around corks.
Cromford WI's big event this year was an Italian Evening at the Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall in Holloway, attended by nearly 70 members of our own and neighbouring WIs. The hall was decked out in red, white and green, Italian food was served, there was an Italian quiz, Italian themed raffle, and a competition for the best mask. The evening ended with a video of Venice, filmed by Cromford WI President Christine Levasseur..
Several Cromford members took part in the Centenary Service at Derby Cathedral. President Christine Levasseur and Treasurer Janet Chambers sang with the SherWIn Singers, and carried the Cromford WI banner in the procession.
Out and about with other WIs: Cromford memberswere entrtained at a 60s night hosted by Bolehill WI for the Cavendish Via Gellia Group, and a few days later we enjoyed a Beetle Drive and supper hosted by Ireton Wood and Idridgehay WI. We're looking forward to a fish and chip supper at Ambergate WI.
Jazz and more Jazz: Cromford members have enjoyed Jazz Afternoon Teas at the Mainsail restaurant, Carsington Water, and the Jazz and Chips Train. This train runs on a recently reopened rail line between Wirksworth and Duffield, starting at Wirksworth with band on board, then fish and chips at Duffield Station, then back to Wirksworth. The band played on the platform and again on the return journey.