Pillaton WI Report - January 2013

Being called out in the middle of the night to help a calf into the world in a muddy field may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but for Mike Prettejohn, our guest speaker in January, this was just part of his life as a vet.

Mike entertained us on this chilly winter evening as he recalled highlights form his varied career, from its beginnings in Falmouth, experiences gained in Liverpool and the 3 years he spent living and working in Swaziland.

On his return to the UK, Mike joined the Ministry of Agriculture to use his expertise helping eradicate diseases such as brucellosis, and then worked from Bristol to set up a unit specialising in sheep welfare. We were interested to hear his professional viewpoint on crises such as BSE; the horrendous outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in 2001 and the current issues surrounding badgers and TB in cattle.

Mike’s anecdotes had us all smiling and the talk enlivened the post Christmas gloom!

Our first real business meeting since November gave us lots of dates for our diaries. Within our own community there is the annual quiz to raise funds for St. Mellion C of E school on 1 February in Pillaton Village Hall; a sortie around Pillaton’s lanes to pick up rubbish on 17 March and Pillaton WI’s birthday party on 23 March, to which friends and partners are invited.

Expressions of interest were requested in outings proposed for later in the year, including a trip to the Camel Valley Vineyard on 15 July and possible visits to Buckingham Palace or the King Edward Mine Museum at Camborne.

Lists were circulated for members to sign up for some of the activities arranged by the Cornwall Federation, including a woodland and river walk at Trelissick on 16 March and an art seminar at St. Erme on 19 April, with tutors Alison Bevan from the Penlee Gallery and Michael Swift, Diocesan Advisor on stained glass.

Members were reminded that their subscriptions - £33.00 – are now due and should reach our Treasurer, Sue Archer, by the February meeting at the latest, please. With the Annual Meeting in March now approaching, we were also reminded that we must be able to fill the post of Secretary to be able to continue to function as a WI. Members were urged to consider standing for this all important post when the current Secretary, Pam Lowther, stands down.

The February 11 meeting has the work of The Samaritans as its theme, and March 11 will be the Annual Meeting.

(Pillaton WI is a friendly group and welcomes new members. Come along and meet us! If you would like to know more about Pillaton WI, please contact me on 351289.)

Ann Henderson

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Last updated: 19 January 2013 Contact Us