Greetham Women’s Institute January 2019: 28 members and 5 guests were present at our January Meeting, with apologies for absence from Pat Ken- worthy, Estelle, Cathy and Janet Bianchi. There were birthday posies for Alison Kirby, Cathy, Janet Bianchi, Jayne, Pat Kenworthy and Lesley. Tea hostesses were Billie and Chris Parkin. Carol Fairbairn gave a talk “A Pas- sion for India”. She described a three week holiday visiting many amazing places starting at the city of Amritsar with its glorious Golden Temple and the tragic site of the Jullianwala Bagh massacre. Other places included the world famous Taj Mahal and Shimla, described in its heyday as the “Summer Capital of British India”. Her visit ended with the Ranthambore Na- tional Park where she was able to see wild tigers. The talk was accompa- nied by fascinating photographs, not only of the famous places but also of typical Indian street scenes, including the many forms of transport in use, from camels to little puttputts - used as anything from school buses to farm machinery. The talk gave us a wonderful insight into what was clearly an amazing holiday. Next month’s meeting will be on 11th February, when Katie Crowe will give us advice on “Wardrobe Detox”.
New Year Day’s Walk
Eighty-eight persons and twenty-one dogs completed the New Year’s Day walk in what were excellent walking conditions. We started with the custom- ary mulled wine and hot Chocolate at the Wheatsheaf and ended with hot bacon butties at the Plough,washed down of course by some excellent beer, lager and wine.
Many thanks to all who attended in this, our 19th year and special thanks to Karen and Mark and Carol and Scott for the fabulous refreshments.
What fun! Thank you to all our hosts, and visitors
through out December. Bringing people together and enjoying such a wonderful new idea to Greeth- am. We raised £407.00 for St Mary’s Church and brought many people together across our wonder- ful village.
Pauline and Gillian.
HOPE AGAINST CANCER CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Sunday 25th November 2018I am pleased to say that a total of £774.00 was raised, well done Greeth- am again.
I couldn’t do it without my ‘Team’ of helpers and many thanks for all the raffle prizes and additional donations.
Once again thank you, wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2019
STAY WARM FOR LESS THIS WINTER
Rutland County Council is backing a new energy saving advice service, Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP).
LEAP offers free in-home visits to any household already in or at risk of fuel poverty. Rutland residents receiving government ben- efits or allowances and those who meet certain health and vul- nerability criteria may also be eligible.
The Council wants to ensure that all households are prepared for cold temperatures this winter. Cold weather can result in expen- sive electricity bills and increase the risk of a person experiencing health problems.
During a home visit, a LEAP Home Energy Advisor offers energy saving guidance and can install free energy saving measures such as LED light bulbs and draught-proofing. The advisors can also help people find funding for further energy saving home im- provements and offer advice on energy tariffs.
Councillor Alan Walters, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health, says: “Very cold weather can affect anyone, but you should take extra care if you're 65 or older, have a disability or have a long-term health condition, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.
“LEAP is an excellent and free service that helps people to keep their homes warm and reduce their outgoings without costing them any money. I’d encourage all local residents to get in touch and arrange a home visit.”
In addition to LEAP, the Council is urging local residents to seek advice from other official resources on increasing the resilience of their homes this winter.
The ‘improving housing standards’ section of the Council’s web- site provides energy saving advice with links to other free re-
sources. Energy conservation organisation Energy Saving Trust also provides a wide range of energy advice on its website. Advice on how to find possible energy grants and ways to improve your energy efficiency is available on the ‘energy grants calculator’ section of the Gov.uk website.
Cllr Walters added: “It’s important to stay warm and to keep a close eye on friends and family members who may struggle if the weather gets really cold – particularly if they’re elderly. Visit them regularly to make sure they’re warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines. We’re here to help if you’re worried about a relative or elderly neighbour so contact us straight away if you have any concerns.”
To report any concerns about an adult in Rutland, please contact Rutland County Council straight by calling: 01572 758 341.
To find out if you’re eligible for the services offered by LEAP, call 0800 060 7567, email LEAP@agilityeco.co.uk or visit www.applyforleap.org.uk.