A number of members gathered at Ian’s house to see slides of his holiday in Rajasthan with Monika. To add to the skills exchange, everyone brought a home-cooked (or bought) Indian dish to share, and we tucked in first. This was followed by dessert and a surprise birthday presentation. Onto the pictures, Monika showed some tourist sites, lots of forts, and some interesting customs, transport, and scenes and we discussed them all. Great Job Monika.
There are plenty more to see and everyone enjoyed it
Catherine hosted the first post-lockdown event in November 2021 at her house in Wallingford. A good group who mostly knew each other, and a few newer ones welcomed for a delicious afternoon bring and share spread.
Everyone was thrilled to meet again. We look forward to more helping each other with offers of spare plants, lifts, and a panto in January in the pipeline
LETS members will be flying the orange flag at the Wallingford Local Producers’ Market at Centre 70, mostly outside with some stalls inside this Saturday October 24th, to chat about how LETS works, explain what trades are, and other mysteries of this wonderful scheme. We have a table with LETs orange, and a stand of photos illustrating trades, leaflets etc, look out for us, we would love to see you. You will enjoy the market too!
Thanks to our hosts for the chance to get together.
An intrepid group of us made the slightly longer trek to North Norfolk this year and stayed in a town house very near the sea at Cromer. Many sandy beaches, the pier with its own theatre, and fantastic wildlife. After a chilly start made someone buy a thermal vest, the weather became warm and sunny, as you might guess.
We paddled and joined in with beach-cleaning on a strangely clean beach. These holidays always produce new and slightly unexpected experiences.
Most people who went are LETS members, plus some friends and relations. As usual we were a mixture of people who had been before and a few new ones, who seemed to enjoy it. We usually went out for the day in various combinations, and returned to watching the news with optional gin and tonics, a home cooked dinner, followed by strange games for any who wanted to play.
In summer 2022 we hope to go to West Wales-many have said they are interested! At the moment we are deciding on a house
We have regular meetings to hear news and make exciting plans, as well as keeping everything running smoothly. During the lockdown we met via Zoom which was useful and kept us in touh. We have startedmeetingin person again, and enjoyed a lunch meeting at the King William at Hailey. The next meeting will be in early June
All members are more than welcome to join in to discuss a particular point, see what goes on, or get more involved and join the Group. Please give Simon a ring if you would like to join in, or chat to one of us
If meetings are not your thing, please contact Susan firstname.lastname@example.org or Simon Wallis email@example.com to contribute ideas for social events, ask questions or make suggestions about LETS.
An intrepid group of LETS members visited Ardley Energy Recovery facility just before Christmas, which will divert at least 95% of Oxfordshire’s residual municipal waste away from landfill and generate enough electricity to power around 38,000 homes.
The demand for this visit was surprising, we hope a second visit will be arranged to accommodate everyone.
Taking advantage of some prolonged dry weather, one of our members organised a picnic/barbecue on her very own secret river frontage in the centre of Wallingford. Swimming and boats were available, as well as a selection of delicious food brought by members and guests. Some had a swim in the river or went boating after lunch! It was a lovely calm spot in the heatwave and achance to meet new friends, some from LETs and some of their friends. Thanks so much and many castles to the organisers
We hope those of you who have not yet dipped your toe in the trading water, will soon give it a go. After all, that is why you joined, isn’t it? To help people start and keep trading, we hold social events from time to time as we have found everyone is more likely to trade with someone they have met. Anyone can organize one. It can be as simple as “come to my house for a cheese and wine evening”, or a bit more adventurous, as the boating trip was. If you have an idea for a social event, but are not sure about it, do please get in touch with a core group member for a chat.
GOOD NEWS FROM OUR TREASURER
After much deliberation about subscriptions, the Core Group has come up with a brilliant idea – we won’t be collecting any more annual subscriptions from existing members for the foreseeable future! No more chasing subscriptions for me! Yippee! We have some money in the bank for any emergencies and don’t need any more for the time being. New members will pay a joining fee but that is all.