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Lindsey Smith

Telephone: 015242 51649
E-mail: lindsey@austwick.org


Elizabeth Booth

Telephone: 01729 823058
E-mail: davelizbooth@gmail.com

Our W.I. meets in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month. Why not come along and see what is on offer? Visitors are always welcome.

The AGM was held at the October meeting. The President Elizabeth Booth thanked members and committee for all their help throughout the year. The Secretary’s report had been circulated earlier and Janet Huck gave an account of the finances. We welcomed Elise Wright onto the committee. Light refreshments provided by the committee were served at the end of the evening.

We had a very inspiring, interesting and entertaining evening, in November when John Walker, deputy manager of North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes, came to talk about the work of his organisation. John is a keen motor cyclist and is part of a team of other riders and volunteer organisers who are committed to providing a completely free out of hours emergency service for the N.H.S., by transporting samples and supplies between Hospitals and Blood Banks. Everyone gives generously of their time and although North West Blood Bikes has 14 bikes which are owned, maintained and fuelled through fund raising and sponsorship, depending on demand, riders often use their own machines and fuel without any reimbursement.

As well as the monthly meetings, in November, Austwick W.I  were involved in several other activities including an opportunity to attend ‘Harewood House at Christmas’ and we also had a very enjoyable evening Ten Pin Bowling at Skipton.

The Group Carol Service was at Austwick this year with the theme ‘Faith’. Various W.I’s from the area gave their interpretation of ‘Faith’ which was followed by tea and mince pies.

Members, partners and friends enjoyed an evening in the company of John Dawson and his son William. John, who farms with his son at Bleak Bank, near Clapham, has become well known for his appearances on the More 4 programme, The Lakes and Dales. His illustrated talk told the story of Bleak Bank and the people who have farmed it for the last 100 years as well as episodes in the farming calendar such as hay time and preparing sheep for auction. The evening concluded with mulled wine and mince pies.

The 2019 programme began when the Rev. John Davies gave a thought provoking and interesting talk about ‘Celebrating the Ordinary’. The talk, which began with the Mass-Observation project in the post war years concluded with his time spent on a housing estate on the edge of Liverpool. The talk can be found on bit.ly/johndavies-ordinary-talk.

Members enjoyed an interesting and humorous talk by Richard Aubrey about his role as a clinical psychologist in a hospital setting. Richard’s job involves meeting with clients, identifying problems which may be emotional, mental or behavioural and through observation and interviews he is able to monitor client progress.

At the March meeting members thanked the Committee for their hard work during the year by organising an evening’s entertainment and refreshments. Ann Dyson gave a very interesting, illustrated talk entitled ‘two ends to the middle’ about her Journey on bike from John O’Groats to Austwick and Land’s End to Austwick. The evening concluded with a light buffet and drinks which had been organised by Ann and W I members.

Vic Heaney detailed his inspiring journey from a French village in the Pyrenees to his Lancashire birthplace of Blackpool to members in April. His talk was illustrated with slides describing his 21 miles a day trek for 70 days arriving at his destination for his 70th birthday. This was a fund raising event in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Cate Holland was welcomed to the May meeting. She brought along samples and slides of various buildings and scenes found in Settle that had been knitted by The Crafty Knitters of Settle.

Due to the unforeseen absence of the planned speaker for The Antiques Road Show in June members discussed the items that they had brought along. Angela Rogers then gave a very interesting and humorous account of her life in Zambia.

At the July meeting Austwick W.I. celebrated its 95th birthday.The Cobbydale Singers made a welcome return visit and entertained members with some well- known favourites and amusing songs. This was followed by a light buffet and a toast, which was given by the President Elizabeth Booth.

Heather Slater made a welcomed return, replacing the scheduled speaker for August.  She described her voyage and time in South Africa in the 60’s bringing with her interesting artefacts from that era. The next meeting will be the Hellifield Ladies entertainment on September 12th at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.

The next meeting in the Parish Hall on September 12th at 7.30pm will be ‘Hellifield Ladies Entertain’

Dates for your diary

Sept 12th         Hellifield Ladies Entertain

Oct 10th          AGM

Nov 14th          ‘The Big Lap – Highlights of a Tour Around Australia’                  Clare Lardner

Dec 12th          ‘The Life and Times of a Sewer Rat’                                                 Geoff Wood

Our annual outing is on Thursday, 27th June. We are leaving Austwick at 9.30am to go to Hutton In the Forest.

Don’t forget our Manorland Coffee Morning on Saturday, 20th July, from 10am till 12noon

Sue Dewhirst ( Press Secretary )






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