Education and Public Affairs

Chair – Karen Sulway

This sub-committee promotes education and the understanding of public affairs.

The Chairman is Karen Sulway and there are eight other committee members, including the Science Co-ordinator and the Resolutions Officer ; this role is currently held by Trustee, Sue Roden.

Annual activities are the Federation Quiz held at the Staffordshire County Showground and the Press Report Shield and the Garden Festival Trophy competitions.

The current Garden Festival Trophy is to produce a dragonfly from wholly recycled material using any medium as long as it is not perishable.

Science workshops are organised with hands-on practical sessions when ladies get to wear white coats.

Outings are also arranged – we have been to Reading Museum to see the replica of the Bayeux Tapestry that was stitched by The Ladies of Leek and to Port Sunlight. This year’s outing is to follow Richard III with a visit to the Bosworth Heritage Centre, the visitor centre and Leicester Cathedral on 7th September.

Our 2023 trip was to the Waste to Energy facility at Four Ashes, near Coven – a state of the art plant
run by Veolia.

Four Ashes Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) | Veolia UK

We have also planted home grown Oak saplings in the National Forest.

Climate Change and environmental concerns are always uppermost in our minds and in April 2022 we launched the 52 Week Earth Day Challenge to co-incide with the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. Members were challenged to take actions throughout the year to show their love for the environment. The results have been compiled into a ‘Directory’ and can be seen by following this link.

The Resolutions Officer aims to promote active thinking by members on subjects that may become Resolutions and to offer guidance to produce a robust proposal.

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