Club – Kirk Deighton Countrywomen's Association

Kirk Deighton Countrywomen's Association

AS there was no August meeting due to school holidays, the branch had a day mystery outing. Departing early morning they travelled by coach to Wetherby, York, Malton, Scarborough and along to Raven Hall Country House Hotel at Ravenscar for morning coffee and scones.

With time to wander round the grounds and gardens afterwards and admire the beautiful panoramic sea and country view, then along to Whitby and across the moors to Danby and Botton village, where they had an escorted tour of the village and were told about the lifestyle and aims and the work undertaken by its inhabitants.

This was a very interesting and educational afternoon and afterwards members left for delicious pre-booked evening meals at the Fox and Rabbit Inn, Lockton, returning home to Wetherby and Kirk Deighton. There were various raffle prizes, proceeds being for the branch’s chosen charity for the year. Everyone greatly appreciated the day’s outing, which had been arranged by the branch’s outing organiser, Mrs Christine Clayton, and was a huge success.

Mrs Freda Walton presided at the September meeting held in Deighton Gates School. Mrs Audrey Totty MBE, President of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association, had thanked everyone who had helped in any way or supported Yorkshire Day at Kettleness, which had raised 520 for the Association’s funds. The market stall in Wetherby had raised 280 for the branch’s chosen charity for the year (hearing dogs for the deaf) and members were asked for suggestions for further fund raising events. There was a preliminary announcement that it would be the Association’s 25th Anniversary in 2008 and also that of the Kirk Deighton branch, and a suggestion had been put forward whether the villages that year could do anything in f lowers, the colour being blue and white.

Everyone who had helped or entered competitions at the Tockwith Show was thanked and member Mrs Joan Ward had won the rose bowl trophy for the most number of points. All the ladies on the branch’s waiting list could now become members and were asked to supply name, address, telephone number and subscription. Mrs Christine Clayton collected deposits for the holiday at Riva del Garda (cheque to be made payable to tour operator) and also money for the day outing to Bawtry and Tickhill.

As the speaker booked for the evening had moved away and, therefore, was not able to attend, Mr Colin Gaden of Wetherby, a member of the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group had stepped into the breach at the last minute. Mr Gaden gave a very interesting talk about musicals, interspersed with recordings from the show , members being invited to join in if they so wished, and talked about the shows presented by the Wetherby Musical Theatre Group over the years. Members had enjoyed this light entertainment and relaxing evening and Mrs Joyce Preene thanked Mr Gaden for being so helpful and for the delightful evening. The raffle was won by Mrs Sadie Angus and Mrs Shirley Bettany.

In the absence of the chairman, Mrs Freda Walton, the October meeting was chaired by the secretary, Mrs Mary Hare, who read the minutes of the last meeting and items from the York Central newsletter. There will be a ‘Christmas Bauble Day’ in the Church Rooms, Wetherby, on November 15, Carol service at Selby Abbey on December 1, in York Minster on December 8 and at Kirk Hammerton Church (arranged by Wilstrop Countrywomen’s Association) on December 18. Preliminary notice was given of a ‘make a bag’ day in the Church Centre, Wetherby on February 28 2007, the West Riding area’s Spring Luncheon in the Methodist Hall, Wetherby on April 18 2007 and an evening with the Margaret Duckworth Singers at Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel on June 13 2007. Mrs Christine Clayton announced that the outing to Christmas decorated Castle Howard , including luncheon would take place on Sunday, December 10. Everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the Bawtry/ Tickhill outing and the beautiful fashion show and delicious home-made tea arranged by the Dadesley branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association. Mrs Caryll Bax and Mrs Jacqui Burns would decorate a window at Kirk Deighton Church for Harvest festival.

The speaker for the evening was Mrs Jean Yorston, a retired antique dealer from Alne, near Easingwold, who said her subject would be ‘A Sideways Look at Antiques’. She commented on her unusual surname and said she believed the Yorston ancestors arrived in Scotland and thought it was a Viking name. She first became interested in old things when as a little girl of about four years old a neighbour took her round her house and showed her nice things and gave her a little Staffordshire cottage for being a good girl. She has collected things all her life and so has her husband, that they were both hoarders and were loath to get rid of things. They had bought an old vicarage and she became a dealer, doing small antique fairs, graduating to the larger fairs and all the hard work it entailed. She had brought with her a few unusual items of interest and explained in some cases their former uses and in other cases their history.Mrs Joyce Preene proposed the vote of thanks to Mrs Yorston. The raffle was won by Mrs Dorothy Leafe and Mrs Christine Drinkall. Next month the speaker will be Mrs Lynda Fuszard about ‘The Pampered Chef’.