Another Busy Month for Tarvin WI

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The month starting with a day trip to the historic Country House of Hodsock Priory in Worksop South Yorkshire. We left Tarvin at 8 am on Thursday 14th September on a bright sunny day. On arrival at the Priory we were welcomed by the owner George Buchannan who made us all feel very welcome.

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We had coffee in the library and then he took us on a tour of the house and explained about his family history, also showing us the wedding suite, where we were very tempted to try the bath which held 2 people and looked really inviting.

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After lunch we continued on our journey and went to visit The Harley and Portland Galleries. It was an interesting and enjoyable day.



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Some of our members attended two popular events held at the Community Centre during September. The Cheshire Federation held an evening of Scrabble and Dominoes on Monday 18th and a one-hour matinee play "Mrs Beeton, My Sister" was performed by Alison Neil on Saturday 23rd. Afternoon tea was served after the play and the whole event was enjoyed by 150 WI members from all over Cheshire.

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Our speakers for the Monthly Meeting, held on Wednesday 27th September, were Clare Barnard and Steve Hunter who came to talk to us about Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire Blood Bikes. Steve began by explaining that they were a volunteer service providing transportation of blood products, for NHS hospitals across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. They are a Registered Charity Number: 1156212 which is completely funded by donations and fundraising. They provide transportation of blood products to NHS hospitals across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. Before the Blood Bikes were formed, hospitals within Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire had little choice but to call a local taxi company to collect and deliver the blood. The hospital would then be charged retail rates for this "service", which can cost between £200-300 per trip! Now the Blood bikes help for free and are on call 24 hours a day to provide this valuable service.

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SBB transport a variety of other urgent medical items in addition to blood products, including breast milk (Which is donated by women and used to feed premature babies). This is achieved using temperature controlled boxes attached to the bikes. Furthermore, they are also open to transporting other urgent items such as patient notes, electronic scan information and even small pieces of urgently needed surgical equipment. Clare who worked at the Countess explained how valuable this service was. Our members were fascinated with this service and the questions and answer session at the end of the talk was lively and informative.


If you are interested in this service, please look at the web site

Our next meeting is on Wednesday October 27th at 7.30pm Tarvin Community Centre. Please feel free to join us and come and see Graham Fifoot telling us about 'The Fascination of Bees'.

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