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Our newly elected president Mrs Judith Stephenson opened the meeting by welcoming all present, especially after our group meeting held the previous week, which had been a great success.
She then introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Mr Nigel Barlow, on behalf of the Northumbria Blood Bikes.
Mr Barlow came into the meeting on his up-to-the-minute motorbike.
He gave us an interesting insight into the workings of this very valuable charity, the work it does, the vehicles it maintains, the routes and hospitals it covers, and the voluntary staff who carry out this necessary service, carrying blood, specimens, fluids, medicines, platelets, and any other urgent supplies.
He updated us regarding the number of riders, bikes, cars and shift controllers, showed us the tracking devices, and spoke of the necessary ongoing fund-raising.
The charity works in conjunction with other services, such as the air ambulance, police, fire and auxiliary organisations.
He finalised his very interesting talk by allowing us to sit on the bike he had come in on and we took photographs – absolutely great. The bike was extremely comfortable, although much larger and obviously much heavier than we had thought. The approximate cost was £16,500.
Mrs Pat Stewart gave the vote of thanks and we then settled down to refreshments before the meeting continued.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and accepted, also the treasurer’s report.
Future dates include our Strawberry Fair, to be held in the Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, August 24, always open to everybody, and an invitation from Embleton to join its group on July 11 for a cookery demonstration, at 2pm
Ms Pat Minto updated us regarding pub lunches. The last one was at the Apple Inn, Lucker, which had been enjoyed by all. The next one will be on May 27, at the Longstone House Hotel, at 12.30pm.
Future plans included the purchase of a camera for our use, plus a visit in December to a matinee pantomime.
The raffle was won by Mrs Peggy Wood and Mrs Pat Steward, and we were all delighted to learn that Mrs Val Hart had won the Domino Drive at Stannington recently.
The competition Survival Kit was won by Mrs Pat Hewitt and Mrs Carol Phillips.
Mrs Sheila Dickson won the trophy for competitions during the past year.
Our next meeting will be held on June 6, when we will have Dr Edith Holding explaining How England Got Its Theatre. The competition will be a Theatre Programme. Do come and join us.