Bardsey cum Rigton WI: before the meeting commenced Charlie Bryant, Councillor on Bardsey Parish Council, spoke to members of the proposed boundary changes and he urged all residents to write to the LCC and object. There had been no consultation and would make a deficit of 8 per cent per year financially from the precepts received. He thanked members for their time and support in this matter. In the absence of Pauline Tatman, president, Hazel Smith opened the September meeting and welcomed members and visitor Kay Walker. Jerusalem was sung in memory of past member Ann Harradine, whose funeral had taken place that day. Caroline Gallagher was presented with her new members pack and Liz Micklethwaite was thanked for decorating the rose bowl beautifully. Names were taken for an outing to Castle Howard on November 25 and two teams will take part in the Federation Quiz on October 11 at St. Chad’s, Headingley. The Christmas dinner will be held once again at Wetherby Golf Club on December 11, money and choice of menu as soon as possible. There are two vacancies on Committee and volunteers are required. Names were taken for observers to attend the NFWI AGM to be held at Leeds Arena on the 7th June, 2014. Correspondence included a thank you card from Harden WI and an invite from Wetherby WI to join them in celebrating their 70th birthday at the Bridge Hotel on October 15. The Rene Small Cup had been won by Pauline Tatman at the BHS Annual Show and Brenda Sanderson gave a reminder of the Golden Plover cookery demo to be held at Scarcroft Village Hall on October 17. Stella Smith, from Thorntons’ Chocolates gave an informative talk on the company’s history, from it’s start in Sheffield in 1911, making vanilla fudge and continuing to expand through World War I and II until they moved to Belper in 1953. The history was interspersed with samples of toffee and chocolate, which were enjoyed. Stella agreed that chocolate is indulgent and should be eaten slowly. Each member received a goody bag and Gill Thackeray in her vote of thanks said the evening had been ‘delicious’. Sue Stothers and Caroline Gallagher served tea and the competition for a bon bon dish was won by Jan Harrison. The raffle for boxes of chocolates were won by Reme Bellamy, Elizabeth Otty, Janet Overfield and Marion Hickson.
Mothers Union: leader Marion Hickson welcomed a good number of members to the September meeting and led a short service during which Dear Lord and Father of Mankind was sung. She introduced Elizabeth Holleran, who had travelled with Diana Lovely (what a super name) to speak on the Life of Charles Dickens. He was born in Portsmouth in 1812 and was one of eight children. His life was one of plenty and then poverty in his childhood and he stored all these experiences away and used them in his books. He supported the oppressed and people who couldn’t help themselves including child labour. He helped finance a home for ‘fallen women’ where they were taught housekeeping skills and also was instrumental in starting Gt Ormond Street Hospital, which has gone from strength to strength. His first book was published in 1836 and he wrote around a book a year. He was married and had 10 children but his wife formally ended the marriage, which was unheard of in those days. He had a relationship with Helen Turner who was his companion for over 12 years. He was laid to rest in Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey and his memorial states he mixed with poor and rich alike. What a wealth of knowledge Elizabeth shared with members and conversation continued over tea prepared be Brenda Hoare and Brenda Churchhouse.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning: you have a choice of venues on Friday to support Macmillan Cancer. In Bardsey Village Hall from 10.00am-1pm Entry is £5 plus donate a cake to raffle! All donated cakes will be raffled at 12.30pm – if you bring a cake you will take one home. It’s a great opportunity to meet with friends while enjoying a drink and cake (included in entry fee). Crafts provided for pre-schoolers and everyone welcome.
Also, many of you will have supported Pat Stoddart over the years, when she has held a coffee morning in her home. This year the coffee morning will be held in her memory in East Keswick Methodist Church Hall from 10.30am by Lucy, her granddaughter, who has taken on her fundraising activities. As you know cancer is prevalent among the population and many have benefited from the support of the Macmillan nurses. Whichever coffee morning you decided to attend, it will be in a very good cause.
Art show: East Keswick Art are hosting this event in East Keswick Village Hall on Saturday from 10.00am- 4.30pm. There will be wonderful art work by members and guest artists, handmade cards, and crafts. Refreshments available and a good raffle. All welcome.
Harvest Festival in All Hallows: at 10.30am on Sunday led by the Rev Richard Wiggen. Everyone is warmly invited to attend and bring gifts of produce, which will later be taken to the charities for the homeless in Leeds. Any food gifts are welcome, including dried or tinned products as well as the usual fruit and vegetables. At midday, after the service, a church lunch of home made soup and fruit pie will be served. Everyone welcome. All Hallows will be cleaned and decorated from 8.30am on Saturday. Any help much appreciated.
Bardsey Debating & Literary Society: their first debate of the new season takes place on Tuesday ay 7.30pm in the Committee Room at Bardsey Village Hall. The motion: ‘This house would limit the right of Americans to bear arms’ is being proposed by Andrew Hamilton and opposed by Ron Pattinson. Do go along and listen to their speeches; you can then have your say when the debate is opened to the floor. The annual membership fee is only £10 but you are welcome as a guest, and meet people to start with, and see how it goes. For further details please contact Mike Baldock on 0113 2862581 or Carol Peace on 01937 573061.
Collingham Garden Society: (late Horticultural Society) hold the first meeting of their winter season on Tuesday, October 1 in Collingham Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Pat Inman of the Hardy Plant Society will give a talk on “Plants that earn their keep”. Everyone is welcome wherever they live.