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Shadwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: the AGM of the Shadwell YCA was held on Friday, March 8 in the village hall. This was also the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association. Chris Graham chaired the meeting and Elizabeth Holleran read the minutes of the 2012 AGM and gave the secretary’s report. Chris thanked all the committee for their hard work throughout the year especially Elizabeth and Anne. Anne Smith presented the balance sheet for 2012 and it was clear that the branch is financially in a better position than 2011. This was largely due to the increase in the monthly fee for coffee from £1 to £2 and also to the large amount raised at the strawberry tea held in August. There had been a reduction in membership from 31 paid up members last year to below 30. Members were urged to bring their friends to the meetings. It was agreed to allow visitors to attend their first meeting free of charge but after three meetings they would have to pay the annual subscription, this has been increased to £12 this year. Chris Graham and Anne Smith have both resigned this year and Gloria Ford was nominated as chairman and Judith Reynolds as treasurer, Patricia Bullough as vice-chairman and they were voted unopposed. The rest of the committee were voted for en bloc. The monthly meeting continued after the AGM and Gloria chaired this part of the meeting. Elizabeth read the minutes and items of interest from the regional newsletter. The county AGM is to be held at Askham Bryan College on Wednesday, May 1 instead of a speaker at this meeting members will be able to have a look at some of the Yorkshire Film archives. Chris Graham is organising a coffee morning in aid of Marie Curè cancer care to support her Marathon attempt. This will be held in the village hall on Saturday, March, 23 10am-noon. Tickets are available from Chris at £1. The business of the meeting being concluded the members were able to enjoy a social evening. Elizabeth started the proceedings with a game of stand-up sit-down bingo. Gloria has been a member of firstly the WI and then YCA from 1963 so was able to tell the ladies how the YCA had come into being in 1983. There were several newspaper cuttings about the controversy surrounding the changes and the foundation of the YCA. Gloria had been dubbed “rebel leader” in Shadwell and together with Connie Burton had been interviewed by the Yorkshire Post and Radio Leeds. It had been quite an eventful time in the Shadwell YCA history with many of the older members of the WI against the changes. However the rebels won out in the end and Shadwell YCA was started on March 11 1983. Chris gave a talk about her eventful year which she called A tale of two Tee-shirts. She had received one tee-shirt when she had entered last year’s marathon and a yellow one when she did her trek in Peru. The ladies finished the evening with a buffet supper and sherry and anniversary cake. The cake had been made by Gloria and decorated by Patricia. The next meeting in on Friday, April 12 the talk is entitled Every Picture tells a Story, sounds intriguing, visitors are welcome and remember the first meeting is free. Meetings are held in the village hall and start at 7.30pm.