The start of the New Year. Nita Eubank, president, wished members a Happy New Year. Secretary Sheila Martin read the minutes for the November 2018 meeting. The correspondence included a reminder from Lorton WI inviting members to their meeting on February 12th. The County News was also included, reminding members for their 2019 resolution vote to be returned before Friday February 15th 2019.
Nita introduced Adele from West House and Allerby Community Gardens. She has only recently taken over the management of the Centre, which was established in 1986. West House is a local provider delivering care and support for people with learning disabilities in Cumbria, with support for adults and children in their own homes and at a range of community-based settings.
Adele gave us a detailed insight into Grow West, which is a busy garden centre open to the public in Allerby. Here a wide selection of quality seasonal fruit and vegetables are sold. Home-made jams and chutneys are offered for sale. The Allerby Community Gardens make up seasonal baskets and container plants. This twelve acre market garden is a fabulous way of giving people training opportunities. West House also provides other enterprises. Café West runs establishments in King Street in Whitehaven, Workington Library and Fitz Park in Keswick. West House Pottery gives support to artists and potters with learning disabilities, whose products are available from Westfield Resource Centre in Workington.
Nita thanked Adele for her interesting talk, and her dedication to such worth-while enterprise.
The competition - A humorous Christmas Card as
won by Ann Lister, with Joyce Bowness in second place.
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby
School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm.