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  • Canoes, Crocuses, Casseroles, Crumble, Cornerstones, Cottingley, Cycling, Craiglands, Charters and Chocolates

    Purple crocuses (the emblem of Polio Plus) at my front door, in bloom on the very day of our Frugal Meal for Polio Plus!

    Any worries I had about making and serving a frugal meal to our friends proved unfounded.

    The day came and I managed to make a 3 course meal for less than £10. Maybe there was a little "cheating" by not counting the cost of apples in the fruit bowl which were past their best and would have to be thrown away anyway, but they made an OK apple crumble which followed the leek and potato soup and sausage casserole. Many thanks to Jean Conway for the recipes and costings. And many thanks again to our friends - we have added £50 to the collection for Polio Plus - and had a great evening together.

    Vic, Annette & I visited Harden Primary School Sports Aid to witness the excitement and enthusiasm of all the pupils and staff scootering and cycling furiously! Great photos in the T&A.

    As they were raising money for education in Ghana. Annette spent time with Year 6 answering their questions about what life is really like for poor children in her country, Ghana. When I visited the school later in the week on our usual READ2DOGS morning, the school particularly mentioned how much they value our input. Let's hope that Vic's ambition to start a second Rotakids here is realised!

    Another meeting with Robin Naylor and our steering group for his Aire Valley Canoe Challenge was exciting and very productive - watch out for further Emails from Arthur Smith!

    The initial support from Rotary Clubs along the route has been very encouraging and we are following leads as to any groups using the river, schools, local papers, radio and TV.

    Harry Gration has expressed interest and tonight several leads culminated in the Chairman of Humber Rescue calling me to say their lifeboat station is directly below the Humber Bridge where we want to end the challenge, they have good support from their local Rotary Clubs and press and they are enthusiastic about our venture.

    So YES, by way of celebration, I DID succumb to both chocolate AND alcohol whilst writing this blog tonight. But at least Manorlands will benefit by an extra £2 to be matched by Oven-u !

    This week I have been supporting our opposite number, Soroptimists International. A fashion show put on by Adress of Baildon at Cornerstones in Cottingley, starring 2 excellent models - our own Anne Parker and our friend Breeda Barry!

    I also attended the Ilkley Soroptimists' 70th Charter Dinner at Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley - a very well attended evening with many dignitaries and musical entertainment.


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