Barkby and Beeby WI

January saw 17 ladies from Barkby & Beeby WI join others from WIs around Leicestershire for a break in Cricket St Thomas. It was a lovely week and the weather was kind to us.
We visited Exeter, Weymouth and Portland Bill, with some also spending some time in Taunton. Those who didn’t go to Taunton enjoyed walks in the extensive grounds, the leisure centre as well as the entertainment provided.
A few of us hardier souls had a go on the shooting and archery ranges with two of us having a go at fencing, I think we may have been a little too enthusiastic with that one though! All-in-all it was a lovely week and we would like to extend our thanks to the organisers.
At our February meeting Pat Wadd came to tell us about her work saving hedgehogs. Pat takes in many hedgehogs throughout the year, rearing lost or abandoned babies and caring for the injured and sick, all brought to her by the public or bodies such as the RSPCA.
I was surprised to learn that hedgehogs have been around for 20 million years and although they have survived all the climate changes and other catastrophes that have happened on Earth it would seem they are now in decline, mainly due to mankind.
With slug pellets, building, removal of trees and hedges and rubbish, they can get trapped and endure a daily struggle. As well as telling us a little about their birth and habits she also expressed that If you are lucky enough to have one in your garden to look after it, feed them dog meat as milk is poisonous to them and if you have a pond make sure there is a stepping stone to help them escape if they fall in.
Pat is always in need of towels to wrap them in and brought a small hedgehog in to visit wrapped in towels in a carrier with a hot water bottle to keep him warm. Really cute!