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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Moor Row Jubilee Club

OUR Easter meal day was opened by our speaker the Rev Kim Hurst, a Methodist minister. She gave the prayer.

Our meal was from Kath’s of Aspatria. Always a lovely meal, served well, with immaculate attention to detail.

We are also having a celebration for the royal wedding. A cake has been baked by member Joyce Temple. We will also have a glass of wine to toast the couple.

Our speaker, Kim, was born in Gateshead on a mining estate. From the age of five she had gone to the Methodist church just over the road from their house. She had with her a Methodist bible in the Gateshead dialect, very broad and comical really.

At the age of seven she wanted to be an accountant but her parents thought it would be a waste of time to educate a girl, as they just grow up, get married and have children. She left school and got a job as a systems annalist for Gateshead Council. She then went to Clifton College in Sheffield, a bible college.

After doing her training she was offered a short-term position in a religious bookshop, to run the shop for six weeks. It turned into seven years.

Her first main calling was Ripon. As she left Gateshead they put up the Angel of the North to take over from her. Her calling now is at Wigton, near Carlisle, where she has been for eight years and manages six churches in that area. The people are her inspiration to all she does, it is one big family.

A vote of thanks was given by Stanley Young.

OUR previous meeting was opened by chairman John Allonby. We welcomed back Lawrence Graves after his illness.

We have been awarded a £200 cheque from The Whitehaven News to go into our funds to help with running our club.

Our speaker was Norman Clarkson, former mayor of Copeland. He spoke about his life in the Lifeguards which he joined in 1958. It started with eight weeks’ basic training; after that you have to decide which regiment you want to go into. All through training you have to remember the horse always comes first.

New barracks were built in 1965 on Birdcage Walk, next to Buckingham Palace. His adventures were exceptional to say the least. He met quite a few celebrities

He was also present at state visits and also Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral, at St Paul’s Cathedral. A vote of thanks for Norman’s talk was given by John Allonby.

Our free bingo was won by Ella Weir, Roz Beattie and Irene Sharp. Our big raffle was won by Ella Weir, Kathleen Mounsey and Jean Pennington. There were also 25 prizes (given by members) in the big Easter raffle.

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