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Social event in November

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 at the Local Producers Market

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.

LETS holiday in Norfolk 2019

ImageAn 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 wathing the news and gin and tonics and a home cooked dinner, followed by strange games for any who wanted to play.

We are planning a reunion in January 2020, when we’ll see everyone’s snaps and swap stories.

This summer we hoped to go to West Wales- unfortunately this plan progressed rather far but had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, 2022 perhaps

Core Group meeting

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 went fairly smoothly, with all the Core group attending. We have now decided to meet in person which we have done once in November, the next meeting being on Jan 28th 2022, at Mo’s house

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 scene, please contact Susan  srenn1@outlook.com or Simon Wallis simon@wallsworld.co.uk to contribute ideas for social events, ask questions or make suggestions about LETS.

Recycling visit to Ardley Energy Recovery Facilty

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.

Barbecue by the river

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

 

LETS get Trading!

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.

No more subscriptions!

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.