Community Activities

Working 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.

In September 2021 we had a stall at the Village Community day where 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 On the following weekend we organised our second village litter pick for Big Green Week for which we were joined by local Guides and several families. as in June’s Great British Spring Clean the event was supported by Cherwell District Council with the provision of hi-viz jackets, bags and litter pickers. 

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..