Bardsey cum Rigton WI: president Pauline Tatman welcomed a good number of members and visitor Ann Sharp to the March meeting, which was held in the cosy Callister Hall. She thanked Monica Cairns for her arrangement of flowers in the rosebowl and also Reme Salazar and Bridget Horner for being the tea hostesses for the evening. Val Hobbs reported that the jumble sale had been a financial success and thanked family and friends who had helped in any way. It was proposed to donate £100 to ACWW, £70 to the Bardsey News and £25 to the Bardsey Beer Festival from the proceeds. She also encouraged members to Gift Aid their subscriptions that WI might benefit. A volunteer was requested to be delegate at the federation 30th annual meeting which takes place on April 20, when Lesley Smith from Tutbury Castle will portray Anne Boleyn. Brenda Sanderson encouraged members to buy their tickets for the Golden Plover evening when Joe Maiden, well known horticulturalist will be speaking in Bardsey Village Hall at 7.30pm on April 16. Tickets at £5 available to all. Ian Wray was then introduced and with the aid of pictures he explained how to improve photography. He said lighting was important and explained about conditions, people and night photography. He was an excellent speaker and members found his comments useful and his pictures delightful. Sue Bradford thanked him for a very interesting talk with lots to think about. The competition for a favourite photograph was won by Jan Harrison and the sunshine winner was Hazel Male.
Mothers’ Union: Marion Hickson, leader welcomed 10 members to their AGM held recently in the Callister Hall and particularly Rev Chris Puckrin who had come to chair the meeting. Rev Chris led a service in which members affirmed their commitment to the aims and objectives of the MU. The hymns Breathe on me Breath of God and Praise my Soul the King of Heaven were sung. Apologies were received from three members and the minutes of last year’s AGM were read, approved and signed. Marion thanked everyone for their support over the past year and Brenda Sanderson, secretary reminded members of the many and varied meetings and hoped that the forthcoming programme would be as interesting. Treasurer, Judith South explained the accounts and recommended that £100 be sent for work overseas. The committee officials to remain the same but Sue Cairns would step down and Kathleen Sampson would take her place. Sue was thanked for her stalwart service over many years. Hazel Male will continue to send Baptism Cards on behalf of All Hallows and Brenda Sanderson gave a report on the Dioncesan Council Meeting she had attended. Rev Chris, who is retiring shortly, was thanked for his help and good wishes for his future expressed. Tea and home made biscuits were enjoyed over a chat. Their next meeting is on April 11 when Frank Large will talk on National Day of Prayer and Worship.
Excellent Entertainment: that is what was promised and that is what the audience got as Bardsey Players performed Mr Macaroni and the Exploding Pizza Pie. There was lots of audience participation and the scenes switched from Mr Macaroni’s Restaurant and Eileen Nostril’s Hairdressing Salon to Captain Kung Fu’s boat with swiftness. The play revolved around the antics of three waiters who worked in Mr Macaroni’s Restaurant and there were bangs, flashes, songs, dances, talking snakes and pirates – no getting bored. Unfortunately John Bradford, who was to play Mr Macaroni was in hospital, and so at short notice Rosie Stentiford stepped into the breach and did a good job. It was pleasing to see that as well as the regular actors there were quite a few youngsters taking part, which is a good sign for the future. During the interval pizza was handed out and the bar did a good trade in drinks. Thank you to all who work so hard to keep the amateur theatre alive in Bardsey.
All Hallows: today Maunday Thursday Compline will take place at 7pm. This is a peaceful service. Good Friday – Meditation and hymns at 2pm. On Saturday morning at 8.30am volunteers are encouraged to go along and help to decorate the church, which is always an enjoyable and friendly exercise. Easter Sunday, the usual Communion service at 8am followed by a Family Communion at 10.30am when the community choir will perform. Everyone welcome to all these services when the true meaning of Easter is remembered and not just for Easter eggs.
Collingham Horticultural Society: invites visitors to their meeting in Collingham Village Hall next Tuesday evening when Mr Andrew Sankey will give ideas on how to Rethink your Garden. This is the ideal time of year to start new projects and hopefully see the benefit in summer.