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Four committee members travelled down to a packed Royal Grammar School in Newcastle for the Federation's Spring Council meeting.

Tuesday, 26th April 2016, 8:00 am

The chairmen of each sub-committee outlined their events for this year, with emphasis on the situation at Denman College.

Federation chairwoman Hilary Robson presented our president with a certificate to celebrate Berwick WI reaching its 45th birthday.

We were all royally entertained by Shirley’s Girls – 12 members of Whitley Chapel WI, with Shirley on the piano.

The afternoon came to a close with a talk by Sally Kettle on her adventure, accompanied by her mother, of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.

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At our monthly meeting, speaker David Swinton gave a comprehensive view of Macmillan Cancer Support.

He took us back to 1911 when Douglas Macmillan first formed a society for the prevention and relief of cancer with a mere £10.

Last year £24million was distributed in support grants alone.

But the sad fact is, that by 2020, four million people are expected to suffer from some form of the 200 recognised types of the disease.

Although many large companies give liberally, a lot of support comes from legacies and the generosity of the general public.

Latterly, one of the most popular ways of fund-raising has been the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, which is held annually in September.

The charity also campaigns on certain issues, having successfully brought about the annulment of prescription charges for cancer sufferers. Currently, it is focusing on hospital car parking charges.

This month’s competition for an item beginning with the letter ‘M’ was won by Ann Easton’s medals, and Cath Wright took second place with a jar of Marmite.