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Bardsey cum Rigton WI: President Pauline Tatman welcomed members to the August meeting on a beautiful summer evening. She thanked Shirley Halmshaw for her flower arrangement, and had the pleasant task of presenting Pat Annely, Hazel Smith, Sue Stothers and Gill Thackeray with a gift for gaining 20 points in the monthly competitions. The walks this year have not been well attended and it is hoped that members will support the one from Collingham to Wetherby on September 20. Tickets were on sale for An Afternoon with Northern Ballet at only £5 each. The Christmas Dinner will be held on December 12 at Wetherby Golf Club – names and deposit due in September. Lucy Astle, Secretary, congratulated Pat Scholey on her successful Afternoon Tea when she had made £931.60 for Diabetes Research UK. Letter of thanks for Sunshine visit had been received from Doreen Lawson and also Wendy Seel for the voucher sent for allowing members to visit her garden at Snape. Marion Hickson encouraged members to support Federation activities including Proms Night, Ramble, and Ten pin bowling. Brenda Sanderson reminded members of imminent walk around Golden Acre Park and Fashion Show on October 15. Maeve Curtis told members of PA trip to Hebden Bridge Cinema to see ‘Made in Dagenham’. Lots on offer! It is hoped that members will support the BHS Show on September 1 with their baking in an attempt to win the Rene Small Cup. Julia Mander then passed on her enthusiasm for Fairfax House in York and the Terry Collection to members and with the aid of slides whetted their appetite to visit before Christmas. Gill Taylor, who had visited Fairfax House twice, agreed wholeheartedly with Julie and thanked her for her time. Reme Salazar and Shirley Halmshaw served a welcome cup of tea, the competition for a souvenir of York was won by Elizabeth Otty and Jan Harrison was the winner of the raffle.

Mothers’ Union: Members decided to go out for their August meeting and a better day could not have been ordered. They went to the Lakeside Restaurant at Roundhay Park, and after having difficulty parking the cars due to it being very busy they eventually managed to secure a table outside in the sunshine. What a popular venue this is, serving excellent refreshments, although not cheap, but very good. Fully refreshed they went for a stroll around the Monet Garden, The Alhambra and the Chelsea Show entries. All the flowers were in their full glory and everyone agreed that Leeds City Council certainly take good care of our public areas and we should take more advantage of them.

Golden Plover: Despite a small number of ladies meeting for tea at Golden Acre Park an enjoyable afternoon was spent and the weather remained dry and warm. A few of the more energetic ladies parked at the car park in Arthington Road and had a walk before and after tea. Another public amenity cared for so well by Leeds City Council.