34 attended Members’ Morning. Roger welcomed Lou back from USA and told us that Roy Howard was in hospital again. Malcolm Wood spoke about his strict RSM in Berlin in the 50s. Michael Williams encouraged audience participation with his account of common sayings which come from the navy or the sea generally. The odd one out was cock up which is an accountancy term. Keith Wadd spoke about a local institution Harlow Hill Allotments. Michael Cochrane remembered the apple pie boys, Dunkirk evacuees helped by his parents when Michael was a small boy. Bill Blades brought proceedings to a close in his own humorous style with memories of his first teaching post in Hunslet , South Leeds.
John Taylor thanked Roger Bancroft for his excellent chairmanship at this last lecture meeting of season 37 and outlined the arrangements for the pub lunch on 6 May (12 noon at Smith’s Arms, orders a week ahead. Our speaker Mrs Lesley Walton spoke about the work of Save the Children Fund, particularly in Syria. The charity is helping refugees from the 3 year war in Iraq, Jordan and in Lebanon, an area the size of Yorkshire where I in 4 of the population are Syrian refugees. Mrs Walton is an excellent robust speaker and supported her account of the refugee camps with a video and with the items needed in a basic pack to feed and keep refugees as healthy as possible. Save the Children was founded by Eglantine Jebb in 1919. She developed the idea of the Children’s Charter which only the USA of major nations refuses to sign. A spirited q and a session followed.