Community ActivitiesWorking together to improve our local community
Members are encouraged to get involved in local community initiatives. Projects we have supported in the past include village litter collections for Clean for the Queen and for the OFWI Centenary, the Party in the Park village fund-raising event and the first Adderbury Community Day. At the most recent the Adderbury Christmas Tree Festival our entry showcased all the different activities of our WI.
We take part in the Adderbury Christmas Market, the Church and School Fete and Kew Grow Wild Seed planting at Katharine House Hospice. We have also supported the local Red Box project to mitigate period poverty through donations of sanitary supplies.
Our most recent contribution to community life took the form of our stall at the Village Community day in September 2021. Our theme was sustainability. We had lots of examples of things that can be recycled or repurposed, including jams, cakes and chutneys, toilet roll cores to be used as root trainers, recyclable dog poo bags, jumpers made from unraveled old ones,bags of seeds one member had collected from her own plants and dried, recipe sheets for using gluts of vegetables, names of local stores where crisp packets or foil packaging for tablets can be recycled, and cards with suggestions of simple ways to live more sustainably. We offered slices of different cakes made with courgettes and didn’t charge for anything. We had a steady stream of interested visitors throughout the day.
In 2020, The Great British Spring Clean for both Spring and Autumn 2020 were unfortunately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately a litter pick was at last possible in June 2021,,supported by Cherwell District Council withe provision of hi-viz jackets, bags and litter pickers. A group of members and others from the village collected litter from the pavements and verges in East Adderbury and Twyford. A second litter pick is planned for Saturday 25 September..
Covid-19 restrictions meant that neither the Adderbury Christmas Market or the Christmas Tree Festival could take place in 2020..So to bring a little festive cheer to the village, we organised a Scarecrow Trail and competition for Adderbury Village for the weekend of 19/20 December. Villagers were invited to make a Scarecrow, dress it for the season and display it, with the chance to win a WI Hamper for Best Scarecrow. This proved to be a very popular initiative with many people enjoying seeing all the Scarecrows around the village..