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Gloria Ford

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Shadwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: Gloria chaired the April meeting and welcomed members. The speakers for the evening had been unable to attend so Chris Graham had agreed to give a talk about her adventures. The format of the meeting has been changed, it now starts with the business with the speaker following. This means that there is no break in the evening proceedings and hopefully members will stay for a coffee at the end of the meeting. The coffee hostesses had suggested this format so that they didn’t miss anything. The committee members were introduced, Margaret Walker has agreed to take on the sale of books and Chris Graham will arrange for cards to be sent to sick members and anyone celebrating a special birthday. The members were asked to notify Chris or a member of the committee when anyone was ill. A suggestion has been made for the members list to be computerized, members asked to give their email addresses if they were happy to do so. It would be helpful at times to send details by email rather than the lengthy process of telephoning everyone. The Yorkshire Rose Bush is still available from County office at a cost of £10. A request has been received from the county office for old spectacles; these will be sent to Malawi. The evening continued after the business with Chris Graham’s account of her many trekking achievements. Her first trek was to Everest base camp in 2002. She completed this and raised money for St. Gemma’s. In 2003/04 she entered and completed the Great North Run here best memory of the run was going over the Tyne Bridge and the Red Arrows flew over just as she went across. Then in 2005 the next trek was up Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro looks very picturesque from a distance but in actual fact close up it is anything but picturesque. Chris did this trek to raise money for the Mother’s Union overseas fund. After that in 2006 she did the Edinburgh Moon walk. This is in aid of the Breast cancer charity and everyone sets off at midnight and walk through the night. All the walkers had to wear a decorated bra over their shirts. It must look really strange all these people, men and women walking through Edinburgh in their bras. Since then Chris had been trekking in Jordan and has completed four London Marathons. Her final trek so far was to Machu Pichu which she completed in October. Betty Gray thanked Chris for her interesting talk. The next meeting is on Friday, May 10 the speaker will be Derek Harker with Secrets of York Minster Revealed. Visitors are very welcome to come to the meetings they are held in the village hall starting at 7.30pm.