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Choose a new name for SWIN

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We asked you to suggest a new name for Surrey WI News, aka SWIN, our monthly Federation magazine.

Here is the shortlist of names have been put forward, and now it’s your turn to choose the one you prefer.


They have been presented to give you some idea of how each suggestion might look if it became the new title for the magazine. There are also explanations as to the reasoning behind each suggestion. If you wish, you can vote to keep the status quo (option E). Please submit your choice in one of the following ways:

  • email your choice to info@surreyfedwi.org.uk (mark your email “SWIN Title”),
  • submit your response online via our Doodle poll, or
  • post it to Surrey Federation of WIs, 6 Paris, Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, GU2 9JX by Friday, 30 April 2021.

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Give this Easter classic a try – Simnel Traybake

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Give this Easter classic a try – Simnel Traybake

Try this Easter recipe — selected by Betty Dominy, chair of our Home Economics, Craft and Gardening Committee. Simnel tray bake (pictured) as tested by Barbara Cavalier. 

Originally Simnel cakes were baked by girls in service to take home on Mothering Sunday. It is now more usual to eat them at Easter with eleven almond paste ‘eggs’ on the top rep- resenting all the Apostles except Judas. 

Ingredients

  • 150g butter, softened;
  • 75g light muscovado sugar;
  • 75g dark muscovado sugar;
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup;
  • 4 medium eggs, beaten;
  • 200g plain flour;
  • 1 tsp baking powder;
  • 1 tsp mixed spice;
  • zest of one lemon;
  • 350g mixed dried fruit;
  • 200g white or yellow marzipan;
  • 3 tbsp jam; and
  • icing sugar. 

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4. Grease and line a 7in square tin. 
  • Sift the flour/baking powder and mixed spice together. Put the butter, sugar and syrup in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy (by hand or mixer). 
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs, adding a little flour if the mixture starts to curdle. Stir in evenly the flour mix, lemon zest and dried fruit. 
  • Spread half the cake mix evenly across the bottom of your lined tin. Coarsely grate the marzipan over the mixture and even out. Cover with the rest of the cake mixture and level the top. 
  • Bake for 30 – 45 minutes or until just firm to the touch.
  • Cool in tin for 10 minutes then put on a cooling rack to get cold. When cold dust with icing sugar. 
  • The cake can be decorated as follows:
    • Warm the jam and glaze the top of the cake. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar then think roll out the marzipan. Cut into 5mm strips and weave over the top of the cake to make a basket effect.
    • Or: glaze the top of the cake and roll out the yellow marzipan on a surface dusted with icing sugar. Cover the top of the cake with the marzipan and decorate for Easter.
  • The pictured cake (above) was left undecorated and cut into 16 portions. 

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There is no vaccine for climate change

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There is no vaccine for climate change 

The threat of climate change has gone from something that’s going to happen ‘some day’ to something that is happening now. Hence, Climate Emergency!

Through the campaigns run by the WI we have learnt so much about how we, as individuals, can reduce the damage inflicted on our environment.WI members have been bold enough to put forward resolutions and then determined enough to follow them through. I have huge respect for their efforts. 

We have hidden the clingfilm, mended our clothes, made soup using leftovers, walked to the shops with a shopping trolley, turned down the thermostat and put on a woolly jumper, changed our energy supplier to a renewable source — the list goes on. 

I would be the last person to discourage these efforts. Individual changes to reduce our carbon footprint are good because they normalise those choices and encourage others to do the same, but on their own they are never going to be enough to achieve the level of change needed. We need to prioritise the health and wellbeing of ALL life over money and profit. 

We can learn to live without fossil fuels and luxury but we can’t live without nature. Or maybe we can learn to live with different luxury, the luxury of birdsong, of clean air, of streams and woods full of life, of children’s voices echoing around neighbourhoods instead of engines. 

Last month many of you responded to the Show the Love campaign, part of the Climate Coalition’s response to the climate crisis.You made green hearts and displayed them where you could make an impact. The WI was one of the founder members of the Climate Coalition. MPs tell us that they don’t get much correspondence about the climate crisis from their constituents. We can change that — in your February WI Life there was a postcard for you to send to your MP. 

A recent poll showed that 80% of the British public recognise that we have a climate emergency. There is no vaccine. No-one is immune. 

A Private Member’s Bill introduced to Parliament in 2005 led directly to the 2008 Climate Change Act, at the time the most radical piece of legislation in the world. But we have more data now and we know that aiming for zero emissions by 2050 will be too late. 

Why are we moving so slowly?

The measures that are needed may be unpopular. They won’t win votes. If I was an MP I wouldn’t want to risk losing my seat. BUT if my constituents were repeatedly asking me to take stronger action, I would be more confident.

The Climate and Ecology Emergency (CEE) Bill, is a Private Member’s Bill, and needs the support of over 200 MPs to progress through Parliament.It is a response to the precarious situation we find ourselves in and is rooted in science. Its three main points are: 

  • We must stay with a carbon budget calculated to remain at or below 1.5 degrees C of warming and this budget must include our real carbon footprint based on ALL our consumption emissions and not based on ‘pie in the sky’ carbon capture technology. 
  • 􏰀We need to repair the habitats for our wildlife to halt the sixth mass extinction. 
  • The measures needed will be much more acceptable if they come from a cross-section of society, a Citizens’ Assembly to advise the Government.
  • Does your MP support the CEE Bill?

We mustn’t get disheartened by our individual efforts’ we do make a difference with every decision that we make. We can encourage each other to contact our democratically elected representatives to support the CEE Bill so that we can approach the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow with confidence and determination. 

Now where did I put that postcard?

Rosemary Horton, Climate Change Advocate

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Invitation to tea with the World President!

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Invitation to tea with the World President! 

As Surrey’s ACWW Representative I was invited to a virtual tea party with our World President, Magdie de Kock. It was uplifting hearing my fellow representatives being acknowledged as they joined the meeting; it reinforced the feeling of being part of Women of the World uniting to work for women’s empowerment. 

Phillipa Croft, Southern Counties representative co-ordintaor, hosted a Zoom information and discussion session with Tish Collins (Chief Executive Officer) and Nick Newland (Policy and Communications Manager). Items arising from the meeting to note are: 

  • Cheques, either for individual membership fees or donations can still be sent to ACWW, A04 Parkhall, London, SE1 8EN. A member of staff collects the post and does the banking twice a week. Please do not send money for ACWW to the Federation office. 
  • Please carry on knitting jumpers and hats, but hang on to them for the time being as the post box at ACWW office is too small to take parcels.
  • An appeal for funds has just been sent out – look under SupportACWW on www.acww.org.uk for ‘2021 Secure ACWW for Future Generations’ appeal. They are looking to raise £50 from each member or member society by April 29.

Jill Mulryan, ACWW Representative 

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