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North Midlands Branch May 2010

Written by North Midlands Branch | Posted on 2nd June 2010

Meeting Date 13th May. The Secretary welcomed everyone and asks if all have signed the register. Members Present 9, Associate Members 6, Friends 2. Total 17. Rev Margaret Lunt said a prayer. Apologises from Clem and Betty Mill and Syd and Helen Willoughby. Joan Eardley and Ken Birkinshaw. Hilda Anderson gave the Exhortation.

Secretary’s Report

Condition on our members ill to be in the welfare report.


  1. East Lancs. Newsletter to read out
  2. South London newsletter to read out
  3. CFVA London newsletter to read out

Veterans Day Wakefield Cathedral

Invitation by the Royal British Legion South & West Yorkshire Committee to attend the Veterans Day on the 27th June at the Wakefield Cathedral. Parade 2.15pm seated for service 2.45pm. Response by 12th June. Names please if you want to go. The response was good and approximately 10 members would like to go. A reply to be sent. (this has been sent)

Correspondence on the Plaque

I have been in correspondence with Leander Architectural who have made all the plaques for the Coastal Forces and for 300x 200 mm.this can be made in cast aluminium with raised text and border with gold text/border on dark blue background. £132.50p + £14.50p postage + 17.5 % VAT. Aprox £169.05p. 6–8 weeks for manufacture. Suggest we keep this until new museum premises are completed. Approval Required at this meeting. All the paperwork available to see. A show of hands showed we had support and it was agreed to purchase a plaque. The secretary was asked to proceed. This I know also had the support of Syd Willoughby and Clem Mills who could not be here today.

Themed Afternoon

Consort Suite for our afternoon themed The War Years. 3 course meal, free glass of wine, dancing, bingo and live entertainment now booked for 20 people. £100 deposit paid by myself. A letter has been sent out to all who expressed a interest in going and I have received some £5 deposits with more today. I am sure this will be a wonderful and different afternoon. More members paid today, up to press 17 paid. This is on THURSDAY 29th JULY, 12 noon, finishes 4.00pm

South Yorkshire Boat Club

They have contacted me asking how many people will be attending their open day on June 20th. They have arranged entertainment for us. I have told them our meeting is today and will contact them after today, but I have stressed that we are not getting any younger and transport is a problem. Again our response was good and I was asked to inform SYBC that approximately  10 members would be attending. (they have been informed) Again 20th JUNE 11am start Tea 'n' biscuits to start. Steve Tales has contacted me to say he might be able to bring Alf to our meetings, for a change of scenery. But I have his email address so I can send minutes of our meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

No Syd today, but has rang to give his apologies and to say we have over £600 in our fund in view of the Plaque situation. “I have receipts from last meeting for you Syd but they will keep”!!!!

Welfare Report

Sad News. Joan Eardley rang in April to say she will miss her Holiday to Malta she was looking forward to (we were going to meet up). She has been diagnosed with Cancer and has to wait for an appointment to go for Hospital treatment. I tried to ring Joan before we went away without success. Phoned Syd Willoughby, Joan was in hospital undergoing a operation. Tried ringing when I got back, still no one at home and Syd yesterday said she is still in hospital, which one I do not know. A card available for all to sign I will send to her home and wait for a response, maybe her daughter will collect the mail. We all I know wish her a speedy recovery. Also I received devastating news on Betty Mills. She is now, after all she has been through, terminally ill with a brain tumour. Emails to read out. Again a card available to sign by everyone please. I am sure we all wish them both well in this difficult times. Syd and Helen Willoughby also are not here today, Helens Sister who attended our meetings, fell into a coma and after 10 days died. Today is her funeral so again we wish Syd and Helen all our thoughts today. Terry and Sandra Armes not here today but have sent a bottle of rum for the corner. (double shot next meeting)


  1. April 15th was Hilda Anderson Birthday
  2. May 1st Frank Ryan 1926
  3. May 12th Freda Connah 1922
  4. May 12th Stan Clayton
  5. May 29th Clem Mills 1925
  6. May 30th Rev Margaret Lunt
  7. June 2nd Tom Charlesworths
  8. July 17th Ken Birkinshaw's birthday 1923
So Happy Birthday to you all. "And Many MORE" Unfortunately Freda Connah was taken unwell at this meeting. An Ambulance was called. Signs of a stroke. She was rushed into hospital. Hilda Anderson managed to contact one of her relations, and Rev M Lunt went to Rotherham Hospital very soon after and Freda was comfortable and stable, looking much better, but may have quite a stay there. We wish her well. Late update, Hilda called to see Freda and for now unfortunately she has lost her speech and control of her right arm, but knew Hilda and tried to laugh at some thing Hilda mentioned about the Wrens. We all hope I am sure that Freda recovers much of which she has lost. BUT, our welfare information is now well out of date, my fault I fear! I have no information of who to inform or how to contact next of kin. This applied to Freda today and Joan Eardley. This must be resolved, so would all members please!! At the next meeting please give me details on a slip of paper so I have relevant information, “If Needed” Thank You. Colin. Due to the amount of information at the meeting I have decided to send a meeting report out this month. Please note all the dates down. These are in bold print. Date of Next Meeting 8th July

Just for a Laugh!!!

What causes people to have arthritis?

A man who smelled like a distillery flopped on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half empty bottle of gin was sticking out of his torn coat pocket. He opened his newspaper and began reading. After a few minutes, the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked, "Say, father, what causes arthritis?" "Mister, it's caused by loose living, being with cheap, wicked women, too much alcohol and a contempt for your fellow man." "Well I'll be." the drunk muttered, returning to his paper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to come on so strong. How long did you have arthritis?" "I don't have it father. I was just reading here that the Pope does."

The Beer Prayer

Our lager, Which art in barrels, Hollowed be thy drink. I will be drunk, At home as in the tavern. Give us this day our foamy head, And forgive us our spillages, As we forgive those who spill against us. And lead us not into incarceration, But deliver us from hangerovers. For thine is the beer, the bitter and the lager Forever and ever, Barmen

Kids' Views on School

A little girl had just finished her first week of school. "I'm wasting my time," she said to her mother. "I can't read, I can't write - and they won't let me talk!"

The wife is not speaking to me

One night, this guy come into a bar and asks the bartender for a drink. Then he asks for another. After a couple more drinks, the bartender gets worried. "What's the matter?" the bartender asks. "My wife and I got into a fight," explained the guy "and now she isn't talking to me for a whole 31 days." The bartender thought about this for a while. "But, isn't it a good thing that she isn't talking to you?" asked the bartender. "Yeah, except today is the last night."