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


Minutes of the meeting held on Nov 1st 2017.
Mrs Hazel Hearne was in the chair & welcomed 13 members.
APOLOGIES were received from Doris Armsby, Sheila Smith, Mavis Smith, Marjorie Stevens, Anita Horgen, Audrey Hudson & Gypsie Duncan.
MINUTES of the previous meeting were read & signed.
CORRESPONDENCE. A card was received from Mrs Wendy Quadling thanking everyone for the flowers & card following her recent operation.
There will be 2 birthdays in Dec, so Mrs Horgen will bring cards to the restaurant. There will be no raffle, but members were reminded to all bring a prize in Jan.
Jan ROTAS were arranged to avoid doing business during the meal.
TEAS. Jean Carter & Yvonne Self
DOOR & RAFFLE. Hazel Hearne & Anita Horgen.
Mrs Cooper reported that several dates had been filled for the 2018 programme, but was unsure if a speaker would be needed for Jan. Mrs Self offered to do a floral demonstration, which members gladly accepted.
Mrs Elsey will be collecting money for the Dec meal during refreshments, & menu choices must be selected.
There being no other business, the AGM followed.
TREASURER’S REPORT. Mrs Elsey circulated copies of the annual accounts. Although these showed a slight profit, she suggested that an increase in subs would be beneficial. Members agreed to raise them to £15.00 for 2018, but teas & raffle will remain the same.
SECRETARY’S REPORT. Mrs Lankfer said that the club has a membership of 23, with an average attendance of 18. We had had a varied programme of talks & demonstrations and two fun quizzes. The events committee had organised some nice social evenings and a summer outing which was a mystery tour. We have had a successful year under the firm leadership of Mrs Armsby.
Mrs Hazel Hearne then thanked all the officers for their hard work & support during the year.
Mrs Armsby had agreed to stand again, and was unanimously approved by everyone.
Mrs Gillian Smith proposed that all other officers should be re-elected en bloc, but as a few of them would prefer to stand down, this was deferred. However, after a discussion, no new volunteers could be found, so the remaining committee agreed to stand for one more year as proposed.
The raffle was won by Gillian Smith, Yvonne Self, Carol Thulbourne & Claire Lankfer.
The meeting ended at 9pm.
Claire Lankfer (secretary)

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