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WI Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Raughton Head W.I.
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm. in Primrose Hall, Gaitsgill.

June
17 members and one guest attended our June meeting. Jackie reported on the success of our May Guest Night. We raised £46.00 on the Raffle and £22.50 on the Stall. A total of £68.50. So it was a well done to everybody.
With all the business of the evening concluded Jackie welcomed our guest speaker, Peter Rhodes who was accompanied by Sharon Sanders from Waterstreet Supportive Accommodation in Carlisle. Some may recognise this as ‘The Women’s Refuge’. Peter is the Accommodation Manager and Sharon is a Homeless Accommodation Officer. Peter was keen to explain that it was not just a refuge for women but there to support anyone who was in need. This is part of Carlisle City Council. They take single females at age 16, families, women with children and men with children. Safety is of paramount importance and there is CCTV and they are connected automatically to the police. They are there to support people, not just in need of a safe place but for many reasons for example they may be at risk of losing their homes. In 2017, 564 people were prevented from losing their homes due to the centres intervention. There was 27 people who had broken off with their family but with mediation returned. Along with all the successful interventions, last year they assisted 3 people from the armed forces and 16 people who were discharged from hospital. There are 15 units which can provide temporary accommodation. Each client is allocated a key worker. The average stay is 10 weeks and hopefully they will not need to return. Sharon joined four years ago working on bank staff status, after a year she joined the full time staff. Along with her role as an accommodation officer she has control of all donated goods activity. She has launched a catalogue whereby items are categorised and boxed. Clients can request items from the catalogue which are needed to help in their new home. Donations are always greatly appreciated. Peter explained that it was not just about people staying there but helping them to lead an independent life, teaching life skills, helping them to understand their finances etc. People come to Waterstreet from various walks of life and for various reasons. A very interesting talk from both Peter and Sharon, also an eye opener to anyone unaware of their work and how valuable it is.
Peter and Sharon answered questions before a Vote of Thanks was given by Elizabeth Martin.
This was followed by refreshments and time for Peter and Sharon to judge our competition which was “Something to keep you Safe”. Beryl came first, followed by Pat and then Joan.
Joan was also the winner of our raffle.
Before the evening was over there was a reminder about an Afternoon Tea for Breast Cancer Care. This was not a WI event but anyone was welcome to join in. 
July
Speaker - Janet Queen who is going to talk to us about Northwest Gardens.
Competition - A Single Rose
Hostesses - Margaret Pinguey & Felicity Coulthard Vote of Thanks - Frances Thomlinson August - our Summer trip out. The details of which will be discussed at our July meeting. 
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
marian.collins1@btinternet.com

2017
2017 was an enjoyable and successful year for our WI.
January - 93rd Birthday Party. For this we had a Fun Night, which gave us a good laugh, this with a delicious supper set us up for things to come in 2017.
February - Graham Holliday came in and told us about his trip to Machu Picchu.
March - we were given tips on non-aggressive communication by Catriona Messenger.
April - we went travelling again and heard about Emily Arter’s year in New Zealand.
May - brought us back to Blighty with a visit to Skiprigg Farm to witness the new computerised automated milking parlour.
June - was our guest night. Our speaker was Sarah Ledger who gave a humorous talk on a series of challenges that she had set herself for her 49th year. Joining us for the night were invited guests from Wetheral, Ivegill, Longtown, Penrith and Uldale WIs.
July - Janet Mountain gave us a thought provoking talk on The Challenge of Change.
August - This brought us to our summer outing, where 19 of us went to The Devils Porridge Museum at Eastriggs. The museum was very interesting and we all enjoyed the fabulous afternoon tea provided by the museum.
September - Emily Atherton, the news editor of the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald came to see us, giving an informative history of the newspaper which has been with us since 1860.
October - Sam Mason from the Eden River Trust told us about their work to achieve “Healthy Rivers For All”.
November - the AGM took place and after the serious business of the evening we enjoyed homemade soup and bread.
Members have also taken part in Darts matches and organised walks. Felicity’s Coulthard’s ‘Remember When’ group and her Art Group continue. Along with this there has been various activities available in the WI County News.
December - we went for a very enjoyable Christmas lunch in The Globe at Calthwaite.
Of course all new members or guests are always welcome
Marian Collins – 016974 76903
marian.collins1@btinternet.com