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On Saturday 21 January we held our Fund Raising Coffee Morning for this year’s chosen charity, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf at Starbeck Methodist Church. In addition to serving tea and coffee we had stalls selling cakes, books, crafts, games and toys and Santa’s Surplus. We also raffled a lovely toy leopard which had been donated.

We were very pleased that Andrew Jones, M.P. was able to join us and there were also representatives from the charity who brought with them a very friendly Spaniel dog called Izzy.

There was a great deal of support from our members and the local community including the recently appointed church Minister, Revd. Ann Fox.

After deduction for catering costs and the hall rental the event raised £461.25.

Gillian Oldfield

Our MP, Andrew Jones, talking to a representative from
“Hearing Dogs for the Deaf”

To celebrate our 35th anniversary we decided to hold our June Social at The Crown Hotel. It was attended by 63 members from Harrogate, three from the Huddersfield Branch and two from the Northallerton Branch.
The afternoon began with a quiz, the answers to which were all numbers and ranged from easy to very difficult.
We invited our National Chairman, Audrey Harris, to join us and she was accompanied by her husband, Martyn, who is an opera singer. He entertained us by singing well-known songs from the musicals of the last 35 years. We thoroughly enjoyed his presentation which featured Les Miserables, Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon and Mamma Mia, all of which were very familiar. This was followed by Afternoon Tea after which we all went home with the wonderful tunes ringing in our ears.

Gillian Oldfield
Audrey Harris - National Chairman
Martyn Harris
Audrey Harris (centre),
Jeanie Sutherland (left),
Colin Billington (right)
and Members of the Harrogate Branch Committee

Our Christmas Lunch is one of the highlights of our social calendar and this year it was held on Wednesday 13 December at The Old Swan Hotel. 100 members and friends made their way to the hotel, many of them having a pre-lunch drink of coffee or something stronger!
As always, The Garden Room looked very festive.  A beautifully decorated tree in the corner and crackers, party poppers and bags of chocolates on the tables. The raffle table was groaning with lovely prizes which had been donated by members.
After Grace had been said, the meal was served in a leisurely way, giving everyone time to chat with their friends and former colleagues. Catching up and reminiscing about former working days in a lighthearted way.
After coffee and mince pies the raffle was drawn and many people were able to go home with a prize. The general concensus was that it had been another very enjoyable occasion.

Gillian Oldfield