Mothers Union: members were delighted and very interested with the speaker at the December meeting. Mr Bill Ratcliffe had researched the life of Stanley Holloway and proceeded to share some of Stanley Augustus’s life with them. Bill remembered going to the Theatre Royal in Stoke on Trent with his Mum and Dad when he was about eight and the memory is still with him. At the age of 10 Stanley was performing as the Wonder Boy Soprano and in 1913 started to study opera in Milan. His career took off after his military service during the Great War and he starred in his first musical and by 1929 he had appeared in eight shows both in London and New York. His first wife Queenie died at the age of 45 and he then married a chorus girl from Leeds, Violet Marion Lane, a marriage which lasted 40 years until his death at the age of 92. He appeared in stage shows, films, radio and TV and is probably best known for his role in My Fair Lady. Bill interspersed his talk with monologues on Albert, Yorkshire Pudden and Sam Small and songs on CDs of I’m getting married in the morning and With a little bit of luck. A memorial plaque can be found in St Paul’s Covent Garden alongside that of Gracie Fields. Judith South thanked Bill for a most interesting and enjoyable afternoon and felt he had enjoyed looking into Stanley’s life. Seasonal refreshments were served and Marion Hickson, leader, wished everyone a happy Christmas and looked forward to seeing them for at the New Inn at Scarcroft, at noon on the January 10.
Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Wetherby Golf Club was the venue for their Christmas party in December and mulled wine greeted everyone which was most welcome on the cold evening. Val Hobbs, vice president welcomed everyone and Pat Wright said Grace. A three course dinner was enjoyed during which a Christmas quiz was attempted between courses. Each member had taken a present, and the wrapping was judged and the winner was Remie Bellamy. These were distributed to all and some couldn’t resist opening them. A selection of traditional songs and carols was given an airing with Liz Micklethwaite leading concluding with Auld Lang Syne. Val wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with a reminder that the speaker on January 9 is Alex Purvis on Venice through the eye of the artist, and the competition is for a piece of coloured glass. The committee wishes all members and villagers a very happy new year. Ladies why not take this opportunity to join their energetic and friendly group. They have a varied and entertaining programme lined up for 2013. All visitors are always made welcome. Please make a note in your diary that their annual jumble sale will take place on February 16.
Golden Plover Carol Service: members from Bardsey, East Keswick, Roundhay and Scarcroft WI’s congregated in All Hallows on a cold damp evening, but the welcome was warm and well worth turning out for. A traditional service was led by the Rev Chris Puckrin with readings by each Institute and old and new carols accompanied on the organ by Derek Harrison. A collection was taken for Martin House and afterwards Christmas cake and cheese enjoyed by all. This is an event when husbands and families can attend and they were very welcome.
New Year’s Resolution: why not make a resolution to give one and a half hours of your time to All Hallows Church, once a month? You can either go on the sidesman rota for one of the services on a Sunday morning or the cleaning rota on a Friday or Saturday morning. They are all very friendly and you will receive a lot of love and support.
All Hallows Clock Winders: as the new year starts a big thank you to the local group of helpers who daily climb the church tower to wind the clock. We are grateful for the devotion and commitment throughout the past year to this important aspect in the life of the church and Bardsey village, and do hope that you will all continue winding in 2013. A new rota is available in the church.
Bardsey & East Keswick Walking Group: want to get some exercise and fresh air then meet at Bardsey Village Hall on Sunday at 10am for a local walk from East Keswick to Sicklinghall and Woodhall a distance of five miles. New walkers are always welcome to join and dogs of course. For more information contact Maeve Brook on 01937 572360.
Mothers’ Union: members will be meet in The New Inn at Scarcroft at noon next Thursday for lunch. If anyone requires a lift please contact Marion Hickson on 01937 572891.
A reminder: senior lunch in East Keswick, all mature residents of the village of East Keswick who are retired or live alone are invited to this very popular event on January 11 at 12.30 for 1pm. This is a chance to catch up with old and new friends. If you would like to accept this invitation please RSVP to Maureen Burrell on 574370 or Betty Pattinson on 572972 immediately.