Bardsey cum Rigton WI: the day had been bright, sunny and warm and it was a pleasure to be greeted by president Pauline Tatman to the April meeting. Visitors Hilary Bosomworth and Ping Jin were welcomed and Ann Wheelhouse thanked for her flower arrangement in the rose bowl. Marion Hickson reported on a good evening at the civic hall in Pudsey, when the Night Shift Band entertained and encouraged members to join the federation ramble, petanque day and archery lessons. An outing is to be organised by the institute to the federation office at Rodley with a visit and guided tour around the Rodley Nature Reserve. Lucy Astle had numerous pieces of correspondence from National and the West Yorkshire Federation, which members could peruse over refreshments and a letter of thanks from Pat and Peter Annely for the gift received on the occasion of their golden wedding. Brenda Sanderson reminded members of the Golden Plover activities, which include a garden party on July 3. The speaker for the evening was Angela Clare who was like a breath of fresh air and spoke very enthusiastically about Warrior Women. With the aid of slides she guided members through history exploring the fact and fiction surrounding remarkable women such as Joan of Arc, the Amazons and Boudicca. Angela is an historian and actor who has worked at the Royal Armouries and is now at the Media Museum and has realised through research that Warrior Women are the exception rather than the norm. It wasn’t until the Gulf War that women actually trained and became fighters and now thousands of women have done duty in Afghanistan. Brenda Sanderson thanked her for giving members’ food for thought and Barbara Hunt and Kath Marsden served a welcome cup of tea and biscuits. The competition for a weapon was won by Elizabeth Otty and the Sunshine winner was Maxine Lofthouse.
Mothers’ Union: Marion Hickson, leader, welcomed members and speaker for the afternoon Mr Frank Large to the April meeting and led a short act of worship during which the hymn Jesus Christ is Risen Today was sung. Frank had attended a National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley in September 2012 and explained why he felt it necessary to go to this event. The last time an occasion such as this was deemed necessary was in 1940 when he was eight-years old and during a particular low time of the war when the help of God was required. Jonathon Holy Eddy felt it was necessary to pray as a whole for our land due to the state of morality, drugs and finances. Only 32,000 people turned up when 80,000 were hoped for. Hymns were sung during the four and a half hours which was broken down into five sections – Hallowed be thy name, Deliver us from evil, Give us this day, Thy Kingdom come, and The power and the glory. The main purpose was for all ages and religions to pray together. He encouraged the members to pray daily for their neighbours at noon, and hopefully they would see a change. Brenda Hoare thanked him for his inspiring talk and Eva and Winifred made a good cup of tea and biscuits. Marion gave notices of future events including the diocese MU summer celebration, which is to be held at Bank Street Methodist Church on July 16. Tickets to be ordered.
Bardsey Village Hall AGM: will be held tonight, Thursday in the village hall at 7.30pm. All Bardsey residents are invited to attend. This will be followed at 8pm by the parish council AGM. This meeting gives residents the opportunity to receive an update on work undertaken during the past year including highways, planning, sports club, playground and green issues. There will also be updates on the Neighbourhood Plan and an opportunity for residents to receive further information on this subject. Do go along and enjoy a glass of wine with your councillors.
Coffee Morning: if you are at a loose end on Saturday morning and feel like a change of scenery and a bit of a chat, then make your way to the Memorial Hall in Collingham. The local Horticultural Society are holding a coffee morning, from 10am-noon and hopefully there will be plants for sale (the weather has made this difficult) but definitely cake and craft stalls. Entry is only 50p and everyone is very welcome.
Light Enertainment at the Sports Club: Kate Hughes and her family have organised an evening of entertainment at the sports club on Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are available from behind the bar or directly from Kate at only £10, which will include food. All proceeds are in aid of the British Heart Foundation and your support would be appreciated.
The Ecclesiastical Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick: the annual parish meeting and the annual parochial church meeting will be held in All Hallows Church, Bardsey on Monday commencing at 7pm for 7.30pm. The annual parish meeting will elect two people to be churchwardens for the coming year. All residents of the parish are entitled to attend, to stand for office, to nominate others for office and to vote. Churchwardens are also trustees of the parochial church council. The annual parochial church meeting will elect three trustees to serve on this council for the next two years. Everyone whose name is entered on the church electoral roll is entitled to participate in the meeting as well as being able to stand for office, to nominate others and to vote. Further details can be found on the nomination forms available at the rear of both churches. Please note that the annual plant sale which is organised by Bardsey Horticultural Society has been postponed until May 18 due to lack sunshine to progress the plants. The Bowling Club will hold their coffee morning on the same morning in the Callister Hall.
Diary Date: an evening of flowers and music – NAFASA demonstrator Judi Cripps will be giving a floral demonstration entitled Spring Fever on Friday, May 31 in Bardsey Village Hall at 7.30pm. Also appearing will be trumpeter/vocalist Ollie Mulkeen, performing a medley of Rat Pack, Buble and other songs. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine, nibbles and a raffle ticket for the completed flower arrangements. All proceeds to go to Habitat for Humanity a global re-homing charity. Please contact Verity Mulkeen on 01937 573297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and tickets.