Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Pauline Tatman, president, welcomed members and visitors Judy Watt and Irene Etherington to the October meeting. Lucy Astle surprised Pauline by presenting her with the Rene Small Trophy, which she won at the Bardsey Horticultural Show. Shirley Halmshaw was thanked for decorating the rose bowl and new committee members are required urgently. One seat still available for the outing to Castle Howard on November 25 and two teams had been entered for the Federation Quiz to be held at St. Chads. Brenda Sanderson encouraged members to attend two Golden Plover events, a cookery demo and the carol service on December 18. Brenda Clayton thanked members for her recent Sunshine visit. Patti Gould was introduced and told of her exciting life in show business. With the aid of slides she explained how from the age of three she had danced and sung and had followed her dream and became professional travelling all over the world and supporting many famous stars. Nearer to home she had worked at the Batley Variety Club, in panto in Leeds and at Blackpool in the summer shows. She met her husband, who was a band leader and they have had a wonderful adventurous life together. Barbara Mason thanked her on behalf of the members and remembered when the WI put on a show, which ran for three nights in Bardsey, and then went on tour to Bramham and St. James Psychiatric Unit. The tea hostesses for the evening were Elizabeth Otty and Pat Wright and the competition for a star was won by Barbara Mason with an old photo of the WI show. The winner of the Sunshine Fund was Kay Hullah and members were in no rush to go home.
Mothers’ Union: a record number of members attended the meeting in October to hear Joyce Taylor speak, but unfortunately she was ill and members sent wishes for a speedy recovery. Marion Hickson led a short service and the hymn How sweet the name of Jesus sounds was sung. Brenda Sanderson read a prayer on middle age, which gave food for thought. Judith South, treasurer, recovering from surgery, was remembered in prayers and will hopefully be present at the next meeting. As an alternative to their speaker Pat Stone read a lovely poem called Spring awakes what Autumn puts to sleep. As member Eva Ellison’s 90th birthday was imminent she told of the interesting life she had led, being the youngest child of eight and born in Cowthorpe. Living in 16 houses and her husband in the RAF had meant living abroad where her two children were born. Her husband died many years ago, but they had settled happily in Collingham and now her family live quite locally. What an interesting lady she is. Brenda Sanderson, told of a visit to Southport and how she learnt, first hand, that ‘she who hesitates is lost’. Hazel Male and Kathleen Samson served a welcome cup of tea and volunteers were asked to attend mid-day prayers at Ripon Cathedral on October 31.
All Hallows: the 8am and 10.30am Holy Communion on Sunday will be led by the Rev Richard Wiggens.
Bardsey Wives: will be meeting in the home of Marion Hickson on Monday at 8pm. Always plenty to talk about and a decision on where to go for their annual dinner in January. If you would like to join them give Linda Flockton a ring on 01937 574553.
Diary date: cinema night – dress up, dance and sing along to your favourite songs with Mamma Mia on Saturday, November 23 in Bardsey Village Hall. Bar and usual cinema treats. Tickets - adults £8, children £4 or family ticket (two + two) £20. Doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm start. Pre-booking essential – ring Susan on 01937 574116 or Rosie on 01937 572652. All money raised for Village Hall Development Fund.