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Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: the October meeting of the YCA was held on Friday, October 11. Gloria chaired the meeting and welcomed members. The speaker for the meeting was Pam Trace and she was quite happy for the business part of the meeting to be held first. At the September meeting the members had voted to have a Christmas lunch, a festive fayre menu had been obtained from the Dexter and the ladies agreed this was an excellent menu and names were taken. The lunch is to be held on Friday, December 13 which is the usual meeting day and the lunch will replace the evening meeting. Member’s friends are also welcome to attend the lunch. It was agreed to send a cheque of £25 to the central office in memory of Audrey Totty. Gloria gave a report on the fashion show which was held on Thursday, October 10, £358 was raised for village hall funds, it has been agreed to hold another fashion show in the spring. Pam Trace was introduced and thanked for her patience; she had brought a very large display of her handicrafts. Pam had been creating crafts and embroidery for over 60 years. She is a member of the York Embroidery Guild and also a member of the Bead workers Guild. She had travelled to many parts of the world with her husband when he was in the RAF and had settled in Sherburn-in-Elmet on his retirement. Pam was also very keen on family history and had researched into her family. The first of her handicrafts she had to show was a stitched needle case. Many of the ladies had also made a needle case when they were at primary school. The members also had made a cookery apron while at school, so her first two items brought back memories. Pam had studied and gained a Diploma in Modern Dress and had samples of her work. She had even managed to make trousers for her husband. She hadn’t restricted her craft work to clothes she had some fine examples of cross stitch embroidery and beadwork, Pam had also recently started to do ‘paper bag printing’ another interesting craft which some ladies decided they would try. Pam was thanked for her very interesting talk by Rosemary Smith. The next meeting of the YCA is on Friday, November 8 when the speaker will be Jane McKeown with The Origins and History of Nursery Rhymes, new members and visitors are always welcome.