In spite of it being a very cold day, with strong winds and heavy rain, giving many
reasons to stay in comfort at home, there was a good attendance at the May meeting.
The presentation by staff and workers from the Jennyruth Workshops, Ripon, was both
informative and enjoyable.
The workshops exist to provide training and support for those in the community requiring
extra help and encouragement both in the world of work and socially. In a presentation
which was headed by worker Jonathan and supported by Tony, a member of staff, a slide
show took us into different aspects of the workshops. Here the workers are trained
in the use of tools and also a variety of crafts, making gifts for sale to raise
funds for the support of the Workshops.
There could be 28 workers at any one time. Besides photographs of the productive
side there were some very happy 'snaps' of social occasions.
The Workshop was very proud to have won the Prince Andrew Award for service to the
community and Jonathan was shown with Prince Andrew - a very proud moment.
After the talk there was an opportunity to ask questions when much interest was shown
and to buy goods that were sold in aid of the project.
Altogether it was a happy and friendly afternoon, just the thing for a ' wintry'
July Meeting - Keith Barber – “A Trip down Memory Lane”
Keith Barber recalled his childhood in Leeds, having been born in a back-to-back
house with no electricity, no inside toilet and no supermarkets, but having a very
Keith’s presentation showed pictures of key items representing the 1940s, 1950s and
1960s and members clearly remembered many of these. He referred to BHS, which was
not “Before the Health Service”, but Before Health and Safety and admitted that many
of the activities of previous decades would not be allowed now. Tin baths, clip rugs,
icy windows and the dividend (divi) from the Co-op were all associated with the 1940/1950s.
Pictures of gas masks, Anderson shelter, Cod Liver Oil, concentrated orange juice
plus the ration book all marked the war years and the 1940s and rationing did not
in fact end completely until 1954.
The street was the playground for children in these decades and hopscotch, marbles
and football were enjoyed in a relatively “car-less” area. Evening entertainment
was the radio but the 1950s saw the television becoming available to most families,
originally having just the BBC. Programmes started at 5.00pm (first hour for children)
and ended at 10.30 with the National Anthem, interrupted by the “interlude”.
The talk ended with a list of Yorkshire sayings and Keith commented that laughing
makes you feel better. Certainly, members came away smiling and remembering times
David Shaftoe: Open Country:: “Out There Together”
Open Country is a charity that was set up in 1990 as a result of many of the old
institutions closing down
and disabled people losing many of their activities. It was originally a three-year
pilot project and was aimed
at providing access to the countryside for people with disabilities. It is accessible
to individuals with all
disabilities i.e. sensory impairment, head injuries, mental, physical and learning.
The Charity is involved in many aspects of the countryside including conservation
and everyone has something
to offer. The quality of the work produced is good and members often work with other
sectors of the community. There are 24 activity groups with something for everyone
- a tandem-cycling group, walking groups, allotments, swimming, wheelchair accessible
outings, creating wildlife habitats and pot-holing which is particularly enjoyed
by blind people since it is their normal environment.
One third of members are in residential homes, one third on their own and one third
with carers, who also join in with activities. There are 125 volunteers who are the
back-bone of the charity and provide 10,000 hours of unpaid volunteering. There are
publications and leaflets available plus a website which shpws areas that are accessible
for disabled people. The Charity works with land owners and Yorkshire Water, the
National Trust and the RSBP have gone above and beyond in helping with access.
There is no funding available and the Charity needs £200,000 a year to function.
It relies on donations, grants and project works. David ended by commenting that
nowadays most charities employ a fund-raiser and there has to be new means of raising
A most interesting and informative talk enjoyed by all.
“Doctor turned Author” by Carol Tetlow
Our talk today was given by Carol Tetlow, a retired G.P. turned author. Carol introduced
herself by saying she lived in the Yorkshire Dales with her husband, cats, labradors
and donkeys. She went to medical school in Nottingham and did various house jobs
in London, Southampton and Orkney.
It was whilst working at Bradford and trying to decide what she wanted to specialise
in that she realised how important patient contact was to her and that she should
go into General Practice.
Carol shared lots of anecdotes about the patients she had treated and we could all
identify with lots of her stories. She uses her work-background as the theme for
her novels which are set in a fictitious G.P. surgery in the Yorkshire Dales.
Her fee and a percentage of her book sales are donated to Breast Cancer U.K - a charity
close to her heart after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, but who is