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Speaker Meetings

Northorpe Hall Trust – May 26th 2011

Our first speaker meeting was held in the Barn at Northorpe Hall, home to our chosen charity for this year.The Northorpe Hall Trust supports young people and young carers who are going through emotional stress, together with their families.

The director of the trust Tom Taylor give us an inspiring  insight of the work being undertaken by the trust. This gave us food for a lot of thought of how the club can help and support them this year.

The evening was rounded off by a tour of the medieval hall.



Project SIerra Update – June 23rd 2011

President Elaine introduced Margaret Cook, SI Assistant Programme Director, who spoke about her study tour to Sierra Leone with Project SIerra. Margaret said that the target of 1 million pounds for Project SIerra had almost been met. Margaret showed photographs of her visit and talked about the links with Hope and Homes for Children Charity, which will continue the contact with Sierra Leone once Project SIerra comes to an end.


Shelagh Flynn  28 July 2011  

President Elaine introduced Shelagh Flynn who spoke about her life as a child in care. A very touching story enjoyed by all and several members purchased her book.


Marianne Huison – 22nd September

Marianne Huison was our Speaker for the evening. – Marianne is Chief Inspector for the Police at Bradford Neighbourhood partnership.  Marianne told us about her career and the role of a women Chief Inspector.


Martin Walker – 19th November 2011

Martin Walker was our speaker for the evening . Martin talked about his experience of building a winning garden on behalf of Leeds City Council, for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Martin demonstrated organisational skills second to none; an eye for detail, using the tricks of the trade and above all, a whole lot of patience.


Cynthia Thewlis  – 23 February 2012

President Carol asked Cynthia Thewlis to introduce herself to the meeting. Cynthia talked about her passion for wool and called her talk ‘Sheep to Shawl’.  Cynthia spoke about the various processes in changing a fleece to wool.  Cynthia gave away some trade secrets but the key to success seems always to be four minutes in the microwave!


Ann Cryer, former MP for Keighley and member of S I Bingley  – 8 March 2012

International Womens’ Day.  Ann Cryer, former MP for Keighley and member of S I Bingley came to talk to us about her experiences visiting women in countries associated with her parliamentary work.  Women from WI, Ladies Circle and Tangent were invited and a supper was provided at the end of the evening.