Minutes of the meeting held on April 3rd
Mrs Armsby welcomed 16 members. There were no apologies.
The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.
CORRESPONDENCE A letter was received from Peter Thorpe, thanking us for our donation to his annual charity, which this year is the Tapping House Hospice.
Mrs Armsby asked members for their ideas for the June & August meetings, which are still to be arranged. Gillian Smith said that she would be willing to arrange another mystery tour in August, & everyone was in favour of that. Members also decided to have another fish & chip supper in June.
The May meeting will be a floral demonstration by Yvonne Self. She suggested that raffle tickets should be £1 in May, to help towards the cost of the flowers. Members agreed.
TEAS Valerie Kirchen & Heather Durrance
DOOR/raffle Jenny Elsey & Anita Horgen
VOT Doris Armsby
Mrs Armsby then introduced Ian Grimes to tell us about his work as a volunteer for the Emergency Blood Bikes. A basic form of the service began in the 1960’s in one area, but now all counties are covered. The Norfolk service was set up in Oct 2011 with two second hand motorbikes that cost £8000 each. This was funded by a sponsored ride from Lowestoft to Lands End. Norfolk now has 9 liveried bikes & 4 cars. From 7pm to 7am, while we are tucked up in bed, volunteers deliver urgent blood, plasma, platelets, samples & vaccines between the Queen Elizabeth, the Norfolk & Norwich, the James Paget & Addenbrookes hospitals. Donated breast milk is also taken to the neonatal units.
Everyone works from home to avoid extra costs. All journeys are organised by a controller, who monitors each stage, until the delivery is made, & the rider safely home. All volunteers commit to 2 shifts every month, & the riders must be over 25 years old, & take an advanced riding test. Ian was in at the beginning, & from 82 tasks a year, it has risen to 1452. They receive no Government grants, so the service relies on fundraising. Ian was thanked by Janet Cooper, & given a donation to support the vital work.
The raffle was won by Gillian Smith & Doris Armsby.
The meeting ended at 9.15pm.
Claire lankfer

Stoke Ferry Ladies Group – April

Minutes of the meeting held on March 6th
Mrs Armsby welcomed 14 members, with a special welcome back to Janet Burns following her operation.
The minutes of the last meeting were read & signed.
CORRESPONDENCE Thankyou cards were received from Rosie O’Grady for our donation to Riding for the Disabled, & from Janet Burns for her card & flowers.
There are no birthdays in March, & there will be none for April either.
The April meeting will be a talk by Ian Grimes about his work with emergency blood bikes.
ROTAS Door & raffle Jean Carter & Yvonne Self.
Teas Sheila Smith & Claire Lankfer.
VOT Carol Thulbourne.
Mrs Armsby then introduced Peter Thorpe, who told us that he had always been a country boy. He was born in 1951 & lived with his parents in a farm cottage, where his father was a farm worker. They kept 2 pigs in the garden, which Peter helped to look after. One was sent to market, & the other slaughtered to provide pork for the family. Most of the work on the farm was still done with horses, & harvesting crops was labour-intensive. There was no money for holidays, but families would group together, & take the train to Hunstanton for a day trip. His first taste of real adventure was when he attended Downham Market secondary school, & joined a group of pupils on a cruise, which visited Spain, Gibraltar & Morocco. At 17 he enrolled at Easton College to study Agriculture. He also joined the local marriage bureau known as Downham Mkt Young Farmers Club, where he met his future wife Jane. In1971 he set up his own business doing contract work, but when this began to be unprofitable, he took a job on the Stradsett Estate, working for the Bagge family, & therein lies another tale!
Peter was thanked by Carol Thulboune.
The raffle was won by Gillian Smith, Hazel Hearne, Yvonne self & Janet Burns.
The meeting ended at 9.45pm.
Claire Lankfer