This month’s meeting was an enjoyable social evening when the members began the evening, packing shoe boxes with items collected throughout the year, These are sent to deprived children mainly across Europe Everyone then enjoyed a fish and chips supper followed by a. game of ‘call my bluff’ ably arranged Tara. The competition of a table decoration was judged and the winner was Sheila Fisher
Ten members went to the Veolia plant at Portsmouth to see what happens to all the refuse and recycling items we amass. They were gratified to learn that all refuse from your household waste bins is burnt and the electricity generated is fed back into the National Grid: there is enough to feed both Veolia premises, the soup factory next door and 20,000 homes. The ash produced is then used for road resurfacing. Only 1% goes to landfill, which is just as well as we only have one site in Hampshire. The recycling items are all sorted at the depot, through a maze of conveyor belts and very little manpower. Everything is then sold on to the companies who make new items from our old. They have no outlets for tetra containers as yet and we discovered that you can dispose of tin foil in a container at Botley Car Park. Violia have several open days a year and it is well worth a visit and you do see everything they do. However, if you have a fear of heights, do not even think about it!!
As it was oversubscribed only four members attended the Autumn Council Meeting and were entertained by Michael Portillo; they all agreed it was a splendid day
Our next outing is to the BBC Good Food show at Olympia, perhaps we will be given free samples. We live in hopes! We then have more food at the Christmas party this year to be held at Banks in Bishops Waltham.
The Group Carol Service is to be held at St John’s and this year has been arranged by our WI.
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm and if you would like to join us, just turn up on the night.