Thursday, 5 July 2012

Old Buckenham WI June meeting

Local horse charity

At the June meeting of Old Buckenham WI they welcomed their speaker Jonathan ‘Jacko’ Jackson. Jacko is a field officer with World Horse Welfare, formerly known as the ILPH. They were given an illustrated talk about the work of this charity, which has been in existence for over 80 years.
The World Horse Welfare charity has units in various locations around the UK and does work with horse charities overseas too. The team of field officers in East Anglia are kept busy and spend much time inspecting and sometimes removing horses from owners. In the worse cases owners are taken to court and prosecuted.
The WI members were all amazed at the images of neglected ponies and horses that were shown. Some were starving, some riddled with lice and worms and all were generally uncared for. When horses are removed from their owners, they are taken to a Welfare property where they are fed and treated by a vet. Many are then loaned out to carefully selected members of the public to be kept as pets or working animals. After the talk, members gave generously to the World Horse Welfare charity.
Every year Old Buckenham WI organise a history walk one evening in Norwich and this year it was entitled ‘A Pub for Every Day of the Year.’ The Blue Badge Guide gave a humorous and knowledgeable tour of the pubs, past and present, in central Norwich. Alas they had no time to sample any of the ales on offer.
Food is often on the WI agenda and members were reminded of the annual Progressive Supper that will be taking place on the first weekend in July. Also of the need to bring a plate of food to the next meeting on Thursday 26 July when Old Buckenham will be entertaining a WI group from New Costessey. The speaker will be June Marriage with a talk entitled ‘Norfolk Island - South Pacific’

(Someone was pleased with their anniversary card, just click on the image to enlarge it)

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