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St. Paul’s Mayfest Committee; the Ceildh organised by the Mayfest committee was held on Saturday, November 2. Although there were only 43 people present it was a very jolly evening. The event started with a fish and chip supper provided by the Flying Pan mobile fish shop and the fish and chips were very excellent. After supper the dancing started, it helped to get rid some of the calories. The music was provided by an accordion and violin and they were very good and the caller was excellent. Everyone had a really enjoyable evening. The next church event is the Christmas lunch party on Saturday, December 7. This will take the form of a buffet lunch and there will be a member of the Magic Circle entertaining the guests throughout. There will also be a visit from Santa, plus lots of traditional fun and entertainment.
Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association autumn meeting: the YCA group autumn meeting was held at the Manor CE School, Nether Poppleton. Three members from Shadwell YCA attended finally arriving at the venue after getting well and truly lost. It is not an easy place to find. After the chairman’s welcome and the singing of the National Anthem the speaker for the morning was Dr Richard Shephard. Dr Shephard is the Chamberlain for York Minster and he explained his job is to raise the money and organise the building and repairs which are being carried out all the time on the minster. He had some very interesting slides of the minister several showing parts of the minster which is not normally seen by the public. After lunch the prizes for the YCA magazine competitions were presented. This was followed by the afternoon speaker Chris Foote Wood. Chris has a very famous sister, Victoria Wood, he is also an actor and has a one man show with which he tours the country. He has played several characters in his time such as Fagin and Scrooge; he said he likes to play the “nasty” characters. His favourite author of course is Charles Dickens and he went on to give an afternoon of readings from several of Dickens books. The afternoon concluded with the drawing of the raffle and the chairman’s closing remarks. Fortunately Shadwell was a lot easier to find than Nether Poppleton so the Shadwell ladies had a quicker journey home.