Members of Wellington Women’s Institute got their hands on big money at their August meeting – but the experience made them more wary than wealthy. Local coin collector Mike Crew gave a practical demonstration of the value of money. He handed out sealed envelopes labelled with their contents – current or defunct currency and promissory notes – and invited members to exchange them for bags of £1 coins based on an estimate of their value.
They found that a 10 trillion dollar note from Zimbabwe is worth around £10 and bags of £1 coins – some counterfeit – were worth more than a genuine £10 note signed by the current Chief Cashier to the Treasury. And WI members will be inspecting our change more carefully from now on to check for undated 20p pieces which are collectors’ items.
Members also prepared jars of jam and chutney for their stall at the Wellington Flower Show. Proceeds will go to St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice, the WI’s charity of the year.
A short quiz on domestic abuse produced several surprises: the most at risk group is young women aged 16 to 24 as domestic abuse is not confined to married couples and a staggering 60% of children in households where there is domestic abuse will be harmed themselves.
The next WI meeting is on 15 September at The Beambridge at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The talk will be on Hestercombe gardens. Visitors are very welcome.