Bangers and Beetles evening 28th January 2017
A hilarious time was had by all attendees at the Beetle Drive. Some teams had honed their dice throwing and beetle drawing to a fine art by the end of the evening and our ‘grey cells’ were exercised by the quiz which we completed while eating the supper prepared by our team of chefs. In all we raised £324 for this year’s charities.
Bag Packing for Rape Crisis 19th December 2016.
This year our President’s charity is the High Wycombe branch of Rape Crisis. An organisation dedicated to helping women and girls who have suffered rape. Members of SI High Wycombe helped staff and volunteers from Rape Crisis to pack customers’ bags at Waitrose High Wycombe. We wore Rape Crisis sashes and collected with buckets at the store entrance. We also gave out leaflets for Rape Crisis. We helped customers place items on the conveyor, bag up their shopping, and then helped them steer trolleys to their cars (sometimes quite tricky given the load in some trolleys!).
We each did hourly sessions, and took it in turns to collect outside and help in store, to avoid getting too cold. Shoppers were jolly, kind and generous. We raised £305 to help improve facilities at the Crisis Centre. More importantly, two victims felt able to speak to us and gain referral to advice and help.
Supporting The Friends of Milton’s Cottage and learning from the past
‘Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.’ John Milton. Paradise Lost. Book V.
Milton’s Cottage, Chalfont St Giles, is the only surviving home of the visionary poet and political writer, John Milton. It was in this 16th century cottage that he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost and was inspired to write its sequel, Paradise Regained. Today, Milton’s Cottage is open to the public as a museum housing one of the world’s most important collections relating to the writer on open display. The three museum rooms contain rare books, paintings and prints that give a unique insight into Milton’s life, work and influence.
John Milton’s poetry and prose reflect a passionate defence of freedom and self-determination. Milton is best known for writing the poems ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘Paradise Regained’. In 1644 he wrote a tract, Areopagitica, still regarded as one of the most inspiring defences of press freedom ever published. It forms the basis of many of today’s views on freedom of speech.
We held a lunch for members and guests on 7th August 2016 to network, to learn about Milton, and to raise funds for this local charity which is totally reliant on donations. We raised £160.
For more information visit http://www.miltonscottage.org/