Northwold W.I. members and a visitor joined twenty-nine soft cuddly teddies for a Teddy Bear's picnic at the Village Hall in February but also on a serious note to hear Roger Warner talk about his dedication in helping some of the needy people of the Ukraine following his meeting with a young land worker from that country in 1996.
We learned that 63% of the population are living below the poverty line after the collapse of the economy following on from the cessation of the Communist regime. You step back more than fifty years in time when you visit this country where transport is by horse and trailer and where the horse itself is ones most valuable possession. There is terrible poverty but also a tremendous sense of warmth and friendship for visitors to their country. Roger has now visited the country eight times and has set up a strong liaison with local people and with the Eastern European Children's or the London based Charity "Everychild" providing clothing, toys and essential funds for local projects.
The teddies all with smiling faces and in bright colours were knitted by our members and will go, together with balaclavas and mittens to an Orphanage in that country and members are hoping that an event can be arranged

later in the year to raise funds for this worthwhile cause.
The President reported that one Northwold team just missed going on to the second round of the WI County/Radio Norfolk Quiz following a tie breaker, but arrangements are now well in hand for our own Quiz on March 18th for which thirteen teams have already entered but one or two more would be welcome. Arrangements too are well in hand for the Group Meeting at Thetford in March, a trip to the Battle Area in early summer, and to the Shadwell Stud in June.

Pat Coles

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