Another busy month at Wheldrake WI, the March evening meeting was well attended by a large number of members.  Our speaker this month was Ivana Jakubkova, who gave us a really interesting talk entitled St Nicks: the green heart of York.  Her talk was entitled the “Green Heart of York”.  St Nicholas Fields is a nature park hidden between Tang Hall and James Street and home to over 600 species including plants, birds, butterflies, water voles and an otter.  This area was previously a rubbish dump and has slowly evolved over the last 14 years into a haven for wildlife.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the charity, which also pioneers environmentally friendly and conservation projects in York, helping to keep our beautiful city green.

A visit to the rhubarb triangle inWakefield by some of our members proved to be very interesting.  The visit started in the candlelit sheds where rhubarb is cultivated and continued to the Wakefield Food Festival followed by a visit to Wakefield Cathedral.

W.I. members hosted and provided home made soup for one of the Lent Lunches in Church Cottage on the run up to Easter. Proceeds made will go towards supporting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

A group of ladies (and a few husbands) went to support our Choir group, who joined other members of the Euphonics Choir to take part in the York Community Choir Festival at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.  This was a very enjoyable mix of musical styles from 23 different York choirs over 5 concerts.