Lady Farmers do their bit

Clitheroe Lady Farmers cheque presentation. From the left, David Clarke (RABI), Elizabeth Thornber (Secretary), Angela Whitwell (outgoing President), Elaine Marsden (incoming President), Susan Walmsley (committee member), Freda Whittle (NWAA Representative) and Susan Cropper (Treasurer).
Clitheroe Lady Farmers cheque presentation. From the left, David Clarke (RABI), Elizabeth Thornber (Secretary), Angela Whitwell (outgoing President), Elaine Marsden (incoming President), Susan Walmsley (committee member), Freda Whittle (NWAA Representative) and Susan Cropper (Treasurer).
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CHEQUES totalling £1,300 were presented to two deserving causes when Cliteroe Lady Farmers held their annual general meeting.

Outgoing president Angela Whitwell took great pleasure in handing over the two cheques to her chosen charities – the North West Air Ambulance and the Farmers’ Fund – to mark the conclusion of her term of office. Freda Whittle received a cheque for £1,150 on behalf of North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) and David Clarke received a cheque for £150 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)

Freda thanked everyone for the money and explained how the NWAA receives no official government funding and has to raise more than £4m. annually to retain the lifesaving service it provides. The most significant change over the past year is that the air ambulance now carries a doctor on board to improve the already invaluable service, particularly for large and remote rural areas such as Ribble Valley and Bowland.

The number of callouts increases year on year and they are even called out to some motorway incidents.

On behalf of RABI David Clarke also thanked members and gave a brief talk about the help it gives to farmers when they need it, often in the form of advice as much as financial support.

Members enjoyed a delicious supper after which the meeting continued with Angela handing over her president’s badge to incoming president Elaine Marsden. She began by welcoming her incoming vice-president Sarah Hartley.

Other officers for the next year were then elected as follows: secretary Elizabeth Thornber, treasurer Susan Cropper, assistant treasurer Angela Smith, social secretary Sheila Thornber, press secretary Elizabeth Smith, flower secretary and programme secretary Angela Whitwell. Committee members are Cathryn Bristol, Mabel Holden, Margaret Leeming, Jacqui Lonsdale, Jacqui Vickery and Susan Walmsley.

Elaine thanked retiring committee members Margaret Baines and Susan Whitwell for their invaluable support over their years as members of the committee. She also spoke of how she became involved with the Lady Farmers and how delighted she was to be president. Outlining her hopes for the year ahead she announced her nominated charities as Cancer research UK and Crossroads Care Ribble Valley.

Since the AGM, members have held their Christmas Party at the Calf’s Head Worston, where they took part in a couple of quizzes, followed by a three-course meal. Entertainment was provided by two fellow members from other branches, Brenda Clarke and Margaret Ward, who both told humorous stories. After coffee and mince pies members were treated to a rendition of “Sisters” by the very latest tribute act to come to Clitheroe, three of their own members loosely disguised as the “Beverley Sisters”. An excellent evening was had by everyone.

The January meeting is on Monday the 21st at The Calf’s Head and is a presentation on “Tai Chi” by Bryan Nuttall. The meeting starts at 7-30 p.m. prompt.