Ukraine Appeal Update

DEC Ukraine

As many will be aware, the Post Office has enabled a charitable payment scheme sent directly to the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) in aid of Ukraine. I understand that the Government will match these donations pound for pound, effectively doubling any gift.

I thought you would like to know that Wootton Courtenay’s donation thus far (made up of personal gifts, Marian Matthews’ idea of selling items, and a donation from the Whisky Club) has reached an amazing £1,606 (thus worth £3,212 to the Ukrainian effort). Wow! Thank you!

Whisky Club in Wootton Courtenay

An intrepid group of villagers have forced themselves to attend a series of monthly meetings throughout the winter, tasting whiskies from around Scotland! Virtual visits were made to each of the well-known whisky regions with much research and samples enjoyed from each. The blind tasting confirmed our collective inability to tell the difference between a rare and long-lost 19-year-old £200 bottle of Glenglassaugh, the very last batch produced by this distillery, and a £24.99 Old Pulteney from Wick (or Tescos!) – which, incidentally, was one of the best tasted!

We have really enjoyed the science behind this fascinating subject, learned lots, enjoyed scrumptious Scottish fayre and most importantly, great company and lots of fun around a shared interest. At the final meeting last week, three rare bottles were sampled and auctioned with tasting glasses. Along with additional generous donations from members, the extraordinary sum of £1,402 was raised, which we decided to split 50/50 between The Ukraine Appeal and The Air Ambulance. Thank you to all for your fun and generosity.

The club will reconvene in October for another tour of the whisky producing regions. Please let Sheila or me know if you fancy joining us!

Andy Giles