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Monday Fellowship News

The Fellowship “year” starts in September and ends the following June – a bit like a school year really. On 25 June we held our AGM when we discuss and agree topics relating to the next year’s activities and appoint people to carry out certain duties. This year there was little change in the people.

I was re-appointed Chair, or Convener, whichever word you prefer. Dorothy McCartney is Deputy, Freda Stead remains as Treasurer, Shirley opted to remain as Tea Monitor, June to deal with music (as she is the only person who knows how to use the music machine), Margaret Carrick ably deals with cards for birthdays or other occasions, and your Events Organisers are Brenda Parker and Anne Skinner, who have both done this work for a number of years and who are responsible for putting together our programme for the year.

We also spend a bit of time discussing our Giving Options and I gather Brenda Parker has already submitted information to the Newsletter on this topic. Both Brenda and Anne are keeping busy with ringing round to various folk who will come and give us a talk or a slide show. We have had some very interesting ones in the past and hope for a very varied programme in the forthcoming year. On 14 August we are being treated to a Mystery Tour – so look out for news of that in the next Newsletter.

Our first meeting will be on Monday, 10 September, when the Reverend Alan Crump will open the session with a jolly talk on a topic of his own choosing and this will be followed by lunch. However, the next meeting on 24 September is an open meeting for anyone in the neighbourhood to attend. It will be a session run by the North Yorkshire Police as part of their Fraud Awareness Programme which I understand covers the many different ways that you could be tricked or “conned” into giving out details that should remain private so that you do not become a victim of such activities. There is a lot of information of which we should all be aware. Please invite any of your friends to come along to this meeting which will start at 10:30am. It should be very illuminating.

Later in the year we will hold a Jumble Sale for a charity and the Fellowship traditionally runs a stall at both the Christmas and Summer Fayres. We use the notice board in the small meeting room by the kitchen to advertise our Programme and give other useful information, for instance on our Christmas and Easter events. We do actually have quite a busy year!

At present we are quite a small group and it would be very good if we could broaden our membership a bit. The meetings are open to anybody who would like to attend and are a real opportunity for friendship and learning more about each other – you would be guaranteed a warm welcome.

So I will end this by thanking everyone concerned for their sterling efforts over the past year and wishing everyone a very happy summer break.

Jo Turnbull

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