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Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: the speaker at the May meeting of the YCA was Derek Harker. His talk was on the Secrets of York Minster he also had a comprehensive selection of slides to illustrate his talk. York Minster also called St. Peter’s is one of the oldest medieval buildings in Europe its full name is Cathedral and Metro political Church of St. Peter in York. The first Christian church on the site was built in 627. Bishop Paulinus accompanied the Christian princess Ethelburga of Kent when she came north to marry Edwin of Northumbria. Edwin was converted to Christianity and baptised in a church especially constructed for the purpose. Nothing remains of this wooden church; however it was rebuilt in stone a few years later and dedicated to St. Peter. The stone Saxon church survived Viking invasion in 866 but was ransacked by William the Conqueror in 1069. He appointed Archbishop Thomas who built a Norman cathedral on the site. The present Gothic style church was designed to be the greatest in the kingdom and took 250 years to build between 1220 and 1472. Derek had many slides showing the beautiful stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings in the Minster. He had close up pictures of the bosses which replaced the ones burnt down in the Fire of July 1984 when it is thought the minster was struck by lightning. Some of the new bosses were designed by children in a Blue Peter competition. The beautiful stained glass windows are a major feature of the minster, it is estimated that approximately 2 million individual pieces of glass make up the Minster’s 128 stained glass windows. The rose window was removed after the fire and although many of the pieces of glass were cracked it was possible to repair this window. The east window measures 186 feet and is thought to be the largest stained glass window in the world and is known as the Heart of Yorkshire. Local folklore is that if a couple kiss under the window their love will last a lifetime. Derek had many more interesting facts and slides about this beautiful building. Liz Fell gave the vote of thanks. The business of the meeting continued after coffee. Gloria and Elizabeth gave a report on the county AGM held in Askham Bryan and Elizabeth read relevant items from the newsletter. The coffee morning held by the knit and natter group had raised £251, it has been decided to send £100 to the Knitting for Africa charity and use the rest of the money for materials and postage for the finished items. Gloria thanked everyone for their help and donations to the coffee morning. The next meeting is on Friday, June 14 when there will be a talk on the work of the Marie Curè Cancer Charity. Meetings are held in the village hall at 7.30pm and visitors and new members are always welcome.