Successful charity night: thanks to continued support, Kate Hughes raised £1,080 for the British Heart Foundation. She organised an evening of entertainment at the sports club recently with lead singer Chris Berry. The atmosphere was really good, super to see so many people from the village and surrounding area getting together and having a great time. Well done Kate.
Bardsey cum Rigton WI: Pauline Tatman, president, welcomed members to the May meeting and introduced the speaker Anita Jones, to inform members of Twimaini – Homes of Hope. This is a charity, which helps mothers and children in Kenya with HIV who are infected and affected. She was a midwife who retired four years ago and is passing on her knowledge and expertise. There is no NHS in Kenya and all medical help and schooling over seven years old must be paid for. She gave the shocking fact that one in 17 women die during childbirth in the Kilifi district, the average Kenyan earns 65p an hour and yet the cost of food etc., is the same as in England. She loves the people and is looking forward to returning in August for six weeks to help train and was thanked by June Barber who felt she had given food for thought and was very brave. Chris Siddle, who is on the steering committee of the Neighbourhood Plan gave a short presentation of how the plan was progressing. A questionnaire will be sent to each household in Bardsey, which he urged everyone to complete and return. Pauline Tatman had been delegate for the Institute at the West Yorkshire Federation Annual meeting and gave a comprehensive report on a very interesting day. Pat Annely reported on the Golden Plover Group evening wth Joe Maiden and she encouraged members to take advantage of these events in future. Letter of thanks for sunshine visits had been received from Freda Cocker, Gill Lockwood and Barbara Mason. Maeve Brook explained the resolution to go to the national AGM on Decline of our High Streets and Town Centres members voted in favour. A board was circulated for names of members wishing to visit Rodley Nature Reserve and the federation office. Tea hostesses Barbara Ferguson and Tricia Scholey served refreshments, and Barbara Hunt was thanked for decorating the rose bowl beautifully The sunshine winner was Sue Stothers and the competition for a teddy was won by Val Hobbs.
Mothers’ Union: members met in the Callister Hall to hear Ann Hart OBE, talk about her passion in life - the Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB). This group meet each Friday evening in the Prince Philip Centre, off Scott Hall Road and play tennis, pool and bingo. It was started in the 1970’s and there are many long standing friendships. They were given two mini buses, which pick up from around Leeds and as far as West Ardsley. The members vary in age from nine to 40 plus years, but the majority are in their teens or early 20’s. Holidays are organised at Head Farm at Eccup where the able bodied look after the disabled. They also have a residential holiday at Butlins, where they enjoy the activities and shows. Prince Philip visited for their 40th birthday and seemed impressed with the organisation. Judith South thanked Ann for her time and admired her hard work and determination. A short service was led by Marion Hickson, the leader, during which Hail the day that sees him rise was sung. Hazel Male made a welcome cup of tea and notices of future events were given.
All Hallows: on Sunday the 8am and 10.30am holy communion will be led by the Rev Helen Banks.
East Keswick Wildlife Trust: will hold their AGM at the Methodist Church meeting room at 8pm.
Diary Date: an evening of flowers and music - tickets for this event to be held on Friday, May 31 are still available from Verity Mulkeen on 01937 573297. It promises to be an excellent event with a floral demo entitled Spring Fever by NAFAS demonstrator Judi Cripps. This will be followed by trumpeter and vocalist Ollie Mulkeen performing a medley of Rat Pack, Buble’ and other songs. Tickets are only £10 and include a glass of wine, nibbles and a free raffle ticket for the completed flower arrangements. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity, a global re-homing charity.