Minutes of the meeting held on January 3rd 2018
Mrs Armsby welcomed 16 members, and wished everyone a happy new year.
APOLOGIES were received from Mavis Smith, Marjorie Stevens, Audrey Hudson & Gypsie Duncan.
A report from the Christmas meeting was read & signed.
Arising……Members agreed that our meal at the Foldgate Inn was very good, & everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Mrs Horgen had forgotten to bring the birthday cards, so will post them instead. Members decided to continue with the cards rather than posies, and Mrs Horgen said that she will carry on purchasing them.
Mrs Elsey said that she is collecting subs, which will be £15.00 for the year.
Mrs Armsby thanked Janet Cooper for compiling the new programme, and asked her to thank her husband Mike for printing, and making it so colourful and attractive.
Mrs Cooper also said that she will definitely be retiring as programme secretary at the end of the year, which will give members time to think of new ideas & perhaps take on the job.
Feb meeting will be Annette Croote showing us another of her treks in aid of Macmillan.
Teas…Janet Cooper & Anita Horgen
Door & raffle…Yvonne Self & Jean carter
VOT….Gillian Smith
Mrs Armsby then handed over to Yvonne Self, who needed no formal introduction, as she has been a club member for many years. She has been flower arranging for more than 35 years & ran the local flower club in Stoke Ferry. On this occasion Yvonne showed us a lovely table arrangement using just one bunch of yellow roses, & assorted greenery from her garden, showing that you needn’t spend a fortune to create a lovely display. She then donated it as a raffle prize. She was thanked by Mrs Armsby.
Members had all brought a wrapped parcel for the raffle, so everyone won a prize.
The meeting ended at 9pm.
Claire Lankfer ( secretary )

Carol Nicholas-Letch – February

You Reap who you Elect
I don’t usually spout, directly that is, about politics: but after hearing about Norfolk Councillors voting in a pay rise of their allowance by a whopping 10.5% I cannot resist. What world do they live in I wonder? They are about to reduce the social budget even further, thus making very vulnerable people even more at risk, .and this will inevitably put more pressure on our emergency services and struggling NHS. How much pay/pension increase did you receive this year or last year for that matter?
The reason the Conservative Councillors feel they deserve that increase? December from the EDP:
Cliff Jordan, Conservative leader of the council, said councillors needed to be remunerated properly and that there was never a right time to increase. Lib Dem leader Dan Roper blasted the decision as “self-serving” and a bad message to be sending when cuts are being consulted.
Both Labour and Lib Dem Councillors voted against the increase but not one Conservative.

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Report from the meeting held on December 6th when 18 members gathered at The Foldgate Inn for a Christmas meal.
No official minutes were taken, and the November ones were taken as read.
Everyone then enjoyed a more than ample Christmas meal of their selection.
Mrs Armsby thanked members for her card and flowers following her recent operation.
Mrs Hearne gave presents to the committee to show appreciation for their work throughout the year, and Gillian Smith thanked all members for attending meetings and helping where necessary. She in turn was thanked for organising the Christmas meal.
Mrs Horgen presented birthday cards to Sheila Smith and Valerie Kirchen. Mrs Armsby reminded those on rotas in January.
TEAS Jean Carter and Yvonne Self
DOOR AND RAFFLE Hazel Hearne and Anita Horgen
Yvonne Self will be giving a floral demonstration and each member is to bring a raffle prize.
The gathering broke up at 9.30pm with everyone wishing each other a Happy Christmas
Claire Lankfer