Hamsterley W.I – Report of Meeting held on Tuesday 8th July

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At the July meeting of the Hamsterley W.I, Members and visitors were welcomed by our President and we then sang Jerusalem.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.Members were asked to give names for teams of 4 for the Quiz on Oct. 6th.Our lunch club will  meet for 12.30 on 30/7/2014 at Sam Turner’s centre at Piercebridge.The August walk is from Bowlees Visitor Centre on 12/8/2014. Please meet either at Hamsterley Village hall at 9.45,or 10.30 at Bowlees  to walk or 12.30 at Bowlees for lunch.The visit to  the Weardale Tapestry is on 19/8/2014, please meet at Hamsterley Village hall at 1.30pm.The next Knit and Natter will be at the home of Pat Welsh on 20/8/2014.

The speaker for the July meeting was Colin Davis who talked about The Fire Service. He spent many years in the Royal Corps of Signals and was seconded to the RAF.He explained that  the Durham Service had six districts and there are 43 services in the UK. Co. Durham is one of the smallest but is in the top 5%. He is head of protection and fire prevention for business, hospitals , schools and the community.Although they had to cut manpower with the national cutbacks they were mostly in the back office and not frontline services.We are in the  Wear and Tees district which includes Bishop Auckland which is manned full time, Stanhope and Middleton-in-Teesdale which are both part time. All men get the same training. They must be able to get to their station in five minutes. Bishop Auckland and Crook stations are there for the community and the public can use the facilities free of charge.Some stations have specialist skills such as Bishop Auckland for animal  and water rescue. The headquarters of Durham service is at Belmont.They visit schools and get young volunteers in some areas.The service visits homes to give advice  making people aware of fire safety and fit smoke alarms, they stress always check the identity cards before allowing access.
The talk was very interesting and helpful and we were able to ask many questions.The Vote of thanks was given by Sue Heslop.

The raffle was won by Hilary Jenkins.The competition 1st.Carol Elliott, 2nd.Dianne Horn, 3rd.Ann Richards and Hilary Jenkins.

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