Pakefield Wives – who are we?

We are a group of women who meet on the  fourth Thursday of the month in Pakefield Church Hall, beginning at 2.00pm, unless otherwise stated.

Our aims are:

*  Promoting friendship, support and social activities for women in the local community

*  Raising funds for our charitable causes.

All women are welcome (whether or not you are a wife !)


Nowadays we are all very much aware of the importance of recycling, for the sake of the environment and for generations to come.  However, do we know enough?  Sarah Clarke – Information Education Manager – came to our meeting on the 26th May to further our knowledge.

Suffolk County Council is the overlord in partnership with FCC Environment – UK’s leading waste and resource management company – The Borough Council is responsible for kerbside collection, when this takes place, (generally Biffa or similar) the colour of the dustbins and for recycling centres.

What can we recycle? –  newspaper and cardboard are sent to a paper mill and formed into large rolls ready for reuse.  Most greeting cards are acceptable but definitely not if covered in glitter.     Plastic is useful and hugely used but cannot be recycled forever.  This isn’t the end of its life though, it can be turned into pellets and used in, say, road building.    On the other hand, glass can be recycled forever.   Foil is ok if clean and in balls, black plastic plant holders cannot be recycled.

Finally, Sarah talked about Re-use centres, there’s one in Ipswich, working in partnership with Suffolk County Council and FCC Environment, taking items such as furniture, electrical items, prams, bicycles, sports equipment, CDs and DVDs etc. The Benjamin Foundation, (there is a shop in Norwich) a registered charity, and elsewhere in the region, provides a home, skills and support to vulnerable young people through their outlets by selling items much the same as the Re-use centres.  

There followed a short quiz which was won by Elizabeth who received a miniature pink dustbin to be used as a pencil/pen holder or whatever she wants it to be.

Sarah ended her most interesting and helpful talk by taking questions from the floor.  Sheila gave the vote of thank and presented Sarah with a posy of flowers.

The next meeting is on the 23rd July – a talk with Lynn and Steve Tucker entitled “Truly Traceable”, Pakefield Church Hall, 14.00 hours.  Visitors welcome for a small charge.