THE NEXT MEETING OF THE SOCIETY is on Friday 19 January at our usual venue when members are invited to share their memories of the Society as we go "down Memory Lane".
NOTES OF COMMITTEE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS are accessible through the website. So if you want to know what your Committee has been doing or what happened at the AGM click on the Committee page and the dates that you are interested in.
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BEST WISHES TO Anne Holbrook, Nev Jones, Alwyn Morgan, Marilyn Roberts, Ross Weekes and Tony Woollaston who have had spells of ill health this year.
SADLY MISSED are Ann Blenkinsop (twin sister of Ruth Llewellyn and a former member of the Society) who passed away in August, Pam Sangwyn who passed away in June, and Teresa (Anne Holbrook's daughter) who passed away unexpectedly last February. Our sincerest condolences to their families and friends.
A WARM WELCOME TO FOUR NEW MEMBERS - Richard Cook (Penny's husband) from Beverley, Jan Crowther (Mike's wife) from Atwick, Stephen Deas from Beverley and Kelvyn Williams from Hornsea.
OUR EVER POPULAR CHRISTMAS LUNCH was held on 7 December at the Tickton Grange Hotel, where 23 members had a most enjoyable lunch, followed by the traditional games and carol singing which culminated with a splendid rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas.
THE NOVEMBER MEETING on the 10th took the form of a "Games Night" organised by Chairman Merle Skinner, who had brought along cards, dominoes, scrabble (in Welsh), monopoly (the Welsh version) and mah jong, which enabled 18 members present to demonstrate their skill/luck.
THE OCTOBER MEETING was on the 20th when members enjoyed a very interesting evening with Graham and Janet Marshall who took us "roaming in The Riding" with some excellent photographs and videos.
THE OPENING MEETING OF THIS YEAR'S PROGRAMME on Friday 22 September was a "Welcome Evening" organised by Vice Chairman Dave Thomas accompanied by Carol Withers when members were invited to share anecdotes about Wales, enjoy Welsh music and songs, eat bara brith and Welsh cakes, take part in quizzes, etc.
OUR SUMMER OUTING was organised by President Eddie Evans and his wife Doreen at Springhead Park in Hull on 21 June when members had a very pleasant afternoon trying crown green bowling followed by delicious afternoon tea in the Golf Club.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL CONCERT was held on 20 May at Toll Gavel United Church in Beverley with Cor y Penrhyn from Bethesda which raised £1,000 for AgeUK East Riding. The concert was followed by an informal get together of Society and Choir members in the Conservative Club which rounded off the evening.
NO INCREASE IN SUBSCRIPTIONS AGAIN. In view of the Society's sound financial position, it was agreed at the Annual General Meeting that subscriptions for 2017/18 would remain at £15.00 per member. This is the ninth year running that subscriptions have not been increased. New members pay nothing for the first year.
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING was held on 12 May. Eddie Evans was elected President, Merle Skinner Chairman, and John Butler Treasurer and Roger Uglow Past Chairman. There were no nominations for Secretary although a number of members agreed to take on specific aspects. The other Committee members elected were Penny and Richard Cook, leaving three vacancies. The formal meeting was followed by members sharing their memories of Wales.
THE APRIL MEETING was on the 21st when Helen Keep gave a most interesting talk on the worthwhile work of the Jubilee Sailing Trust which she illustrated with some excellent photos
MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS - At 31 March 2017 there were 49 members (12 couples and 25 singles) of the Society, compared with 50 members (13 couples, 24 singles) at 31 March 2016. There were 2 new members, 1 re-joined, 2 non-renewals and 2 deaths during the year. Members' ages ranged from 36 to 92, the average being 72 (males 73.1, females 71.4)
THE MARCH MEETING on the 15th was another fascinating evening with Paul Skinner, Merle's son, who vividly described "the challenges of living in the most beautiful place in America".
THE ST DAVID'S DAY SERVICE on 5 March was at the Zion United Reform Church in Cottingham and was followed by the customary Welsh cakes to go with the tea and coffee. These, along with the daffodils and Welsh dolls decorating the church and the distinctive Welsh flavour to the order of service, made it an especially Welsh occasion.
OUR ST DAVID'S DAY DINNER was on 1 March at the Tickton Grange Hotel. With only 36 members and friends present it was not as well attended as in some of the past years (due to illness and a number of people being away on holiday) but those who were there all agreed that it was an excellent evening with great food and company. Many thanks to Dave Thomas and Carol Withers for the musical entertainment.
THE FEBRUARY MEETING on the 17th was the Chairman's/President's Multi-Cultural Evening when Roger introduced Dr Anita Franco from Hull University who gave us a fascinating insight to the "life and customs in her country".
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