Acklington WI, Meeting


We’re familiar with the Fair Trade movement, which works to ensure that across the world, growers and manufacturers receive a fair return for their work, but the topic at the April meeting, Shared Interest: Investing In A Fairer World, was less well known.

Diana Whalley, an ambassador for this ethical investment organisation, gave an enlightening overview of how it works. The Newcastle-based cooperative manages investments of between £100 and £100,000 from UK investors, who enable Shared Interest to offer loans and credit facilities to producers who otherwise may struggle to find fair financial support. Interest is paid on each investment, which can be withdrawn at any time.

The scheme plays a crucial part in the Fair Trade movement.

Moving on to business, congratulations were extended to our carpet bowls team, who brought home the cup as winners of the Northumberland Federation competition.

Matters arising from our 95th anniversary celebrations included appreciation of gifts of wine from Broomhill WI and chocolates from federation chairman Hilary Robson, and thanks to Margaret Hammond for floral decorations.

Sylvia Linett’s report from the council meeting included information on a dementia friendly cinema and preparations for the WI centenary.

It was agreed to take a table at the ACT May Day sale in the Village Hall on May 27, and details were circulated of a trip to Sandra’s Cottage Flowers and Gardens.