ALFRETON: WI members are given home security tips



President Ann Minshull welcomed members of Alfreton Women’s Institute to the February meeting held at Firs House Community Centre.

The new Craft Circle is prospering. Members are finishing off old projects, taking up new crafts and doing alterations and mending.

The hyacinth bulbs, taken home for cultivation in November, reappeared for judging. There was one clear winner – the only bulb in flower - grown by Jean Sunderland.

The speaker was PC Sharon Evans, who talked about crime prevention. Sharon recommended having a list of utility providers by the door so that they are not tricked by fraudsters. Her advice included only answering the door with the chain on and asking for proof of identity. Genuine callers never object to being checked on.

Sharon had several useful gadgets available, including small bells to attach to purses, door handle alarms and window alarms.

There was much concern amongst members about telephone cold-callers and the ‘Action Fraud’ website was recommended.

At the March meeting, members are looking forward to a talk about the North Yorkshire Coast, by Colin Hobday. The competition is ‘a seaside souvenir’. Visitors and new members are welcome. Phone 01773 832349 for more information.