Clubs and Community: Slimmers donate their big clothes to cancer charity

Slimming World Clothes Throw for Cancer Research UK. Pictured are Emma Atkins, Haylea Gavin, Jean Smith, Pamela Port, Shirley Sullivan and Pam Collins
Slimming World Clothes Throw for Cancer Research UK. Pictured are Emma Atkins, Haylea Gavin, Jean Smith, Pamela Port, Shirley Sullivan and Pam Collins

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Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers celebrate competition success

Chairman Byron Welch declared the last meeting of Hemel Hempstead Movie Makers open by confirming that we had won the final round of the new IAC 4x4 competition, by entering what the judges felt was the best 25 minute programme of movies.

The competition was held in Laleham Village Hall. Hemel Hempstead were against three other clubs.

There then followed a discussion regarding ideas for some productions, as well as some other items for the new 2014-15 season, due to commence in September.

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Our next meeting will take place on Wednesday June 4th at 8pm, in the hall behind The Carey Baptist Church. After that, there will be our summer break.

Little Gaddesden WI remember famous male honorary member

The May AGM meeting of the Little Gaddesden Women’s Institute was spiced up with wine, cheese & biccies and a bring and buy featuring

Gypsy Rose (Pauline) Boultwood wearing many of the lovely scarves on display and honestly we didn’t know it was her!

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes Resolution for the year, action for the increase of organ donation, was passed after a compelling presentation by Christine Mawhood who also spoke in remembrance of our beloved ‘Honorary Member’ Mr. Antony Hopkins CBE, who had recently

passed away.

We will miss him for his charm, generosity and wit, not to mention his ability to transcribe ‘Jerusalem’ into a key which we could all sing without wobbling off the top notes.

We hug his wife Beatrix to our ample bosoms with love and gratefulness.

Hemel Hempstead’s super slimmers throw themselves into fundraising campaign

Slimmers have joined together to spring-clean their wardrobes and donate their clothes to Cancer Research

UK in support of the national fundraising campaign ‘The Big Slimming World Clothes Throw’.

Members of all of Hemel’s Slimming World groups collected all their unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to donate to their local Cancer Research UK shop to support the campaign. Each single bag collected could raise around £25 for the charity.

Haylea Gavin, who runs the Highfield group which meet every Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church, said: “Members of all of the Slimming World groups have really embraced this fabulous fundraising campaign and they have been more than happy to donate their ‘big’ clothes because they know that they’re never going to need them again! Between them members of the Highfield group have lost an amazing 224 stone since January this year and now they’re looking and feeling fantastic – I’m very proud!”

Cancer Research UK Hemel Hempstead shop managerTheresa McDonagh said: “We welcome clothes and items of all shapes, sizes and styles and were absolutely thrilled to receive such a huge donation of 160 bags worth approximately £4,000 from the Slimming World groups in Hemel.

“It’s wonderful to be able to help celebrate the amazing weight losses and the improvements to health that Slimming World members achieve. “We’re delighted that they’ve chosen to use their slimming success to raise money for Cancer Research UK – it makes a real difference to our fundraising efforts and it’s good to raise awareness that being overweight increases cancer risk too. ”

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French welcome for Kings Langley WI

Several of our members had just returned from an enjoyable weekend in Paris, so we were greeted in French by our president dressed accordingly with a red beret and a bunch of onions!

Our President was thanked for hosting a most enjoyable Light Lunch at her home in April.

There will be a drama meeting next month, the book club still reading and one of our members has volunteered to start another book club.

The debating society is debating, while the rambling club will commence shortly.

Volunteers and cake makers were asked to help at our stall at the Kings Langley Carnival on June 21, and we will be having a party in July for our 95th birthday.

We then had a report on the Spring Council meeting from Mrs M Taylor, who said it was a most enjoyable day. The Mayor of St Albans attended and the speaker for the afternoon was Jools Hudson of BBC fame, they were then entertained by the Herts WI choir.

Our resolution for the year, increasing organ donations, was discussed and then voted on.

Next was our Annual Meeting, where we were pleased to announce that Margaret Dicks was again voted in as our President for the coming year.

We then went on to enjoy Cheese and Wine, served by our committee, after a very busy meeting.

Our meetings are held at 7.30pm in the Community Centre on the second Tuesday of every month.

All ladies welcome. Enquiries to - Mrs Linda Brady on 01442 831763 or Mrs Rene Gardner on 01923 264754.

Open day held at Cressbeds

An open day at Gadespring Cressbeds allowed visitors to explore the former watercress farm in Old Fishery Lane, acquired by the Box Moor Trust in 2011. The enthusiastic band of conservation volunteers have been working at Gadespring for the past three years and have achieved a huge amount there, both in terms of investigating and uncovering the workings of the cress growing operation and also in improving the habitat for wildlife. This open day was led by the volunteers, who enjoyed guiding people around the four acre site and explaining to them how the growing beds were farmed and maintained.