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May 29, 2012

Metheringham Over 60s Club Update Summer 2012

All Club events are held at the Village Hall, Metheringham, commencing at 7.00pm with doors opening at 6.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Watch out for the posters displayed around the village as a reminder of forthcoming events and we looking forward to seeing you all.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - held on Wednesday, 7 March, in the Metheringham Village Hall. A revue of the Club's activities and finances was presented to members and guests attending. The details reflected another very successful year and members showed their appreciation.

Resignation of the Club Catering Manager - at the AGM, the Chairman, Mrs. Margaret Amos, announced that, with much regret, Mrs. Sheila Kettleborough has had to stand down from the committee. Saying that, "Sheila has given so much to the over 60s Club, I think she has been on the committee longer than I have lived in the village and that is over 30 years. She has made thousands of cups of tea and buttered more thousands of scones. Sheila you will be so sadly missed, a real stalwart if ever there was one, regardless of how much pain she has suffered she continued to soldier on and never a complaint." Margaret went on to say, "You are a star Sheila, we would like you to please accept this small token from us all in the hall in appreciation of all your hard work." Sheila was then presented with a lovely necklace. Members and the committee responded with generous loud applause

Mrs. Doreen Blackband, a life-long friend to Sheila, was re-elected to the committee and, in addition to sending out cards to members, will take over Sheila's role.
The meeting was followed by a fish and chip supper.

Petwood Hotel Lunch: On Wednesday, 11 April, 124 members enjoyed a two course lunch, including wine, at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. As a thank you to members for their support throughout the year, April 2011 to April 2012, the meal, on this occasion, was paid for from club funds.

Watch out for the posters displayed around the village as a reminder of forthcoming events and we looking forward to seeing you all.

Diary entries:
Coffee morning - Saturday, 2 June, open to all members and the public from 10.00-11.30 a.m. In addition to a refreshing brew of tea or coffee and scones, there will be a raffle, a chance to purchase homemade cakes, books, bric-a-brac and tombola. All donations of items for re-sale will be very welcome, with proceeds going to Club Funds. The doors open at 10.00 am.

Coach Trips - We are offering coach trips to members, and guests on an availability basis, to the following locations:
13 June National Arboretum Memorial, Alrewas, Staffs and then a visit to Lichfield.
11 July The Black Country Museum in Dudley.
8 August Beverley in the morning and Burton Constable Hall in the afternoon.
19 September Crich Tramway Museum, Alfreton and time permitting a visit to either Ashbourne or Matlock.

All the above trips will be on a Wednesday. For further details, contact our trip organiser Fred Deacon on Tel: 01526 322704 or Chairman Margaret Amos on Tel: 01526 321049.

Summer holiday 2012 - will be from Tuesday 11th to Sunday 16th September staying at The Green Dragon Hotel, Hereford. Hereford is a place of nostalgia for many ex-Royal Air Force people who will have passed through there as recruits. It features one of the oldest Cathedrals in the country, dating from the 12th century; the World Famous Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world dating from the 12th century and the Chained Library where reference books are secured by chains to prevent removal. The Francis Trigge Chained Library in Grantham, established in 1598, is a similar system and these were early examples of public libraries. There is a medieval stone bridge over the river Wye and riverside walks all close to the hotel. Excursions will be made to the Cotswold villages of Stow on the Wold, Moreton in the Marsh, Bourton on the Water and Broadway. Additional visits will be made to Hay on Wye and Stratford upon Avon, the home of Shakespeare and Ann Hathaway's Cottage. The cost includes, full English breakfast, evening dinner, entertainment, all rooms with private facilities and lift access to all floors, no single room supplement, holiday insurance and a resort manager with you throughout the holiday at a cost of £348 per person. We have spare places available and enquiries should be made with the Chairman Margaret Amos.

Non-members are welcome to join us on members evenings, as guests, at a cost of £3.00 per visit. This includes a half-time cup of tea or coffee when we also serve biscuits. New members are accepted into the club at our May meeting. We have a waiting list for full membership but should you wish to add your details to this please contact the Chairman Margaret Amos on Tel: 01526 321049.

Dave Williams - Secretary