Minutes of the meeting at La Rosa Hotel on the above date.

Present: Adele, Jenny, Maria (guest), Ian (chair).

Apologies:  Gill, Kaz, Karen, Lesley, Michele, PeterPip.

Topic: Members’ work-in-progress.


Matters Arising

Ian welcomed Maria to the meeting as a guest.

Ian also informed the meeting that Jenny Hill was giving a concert at St Margaret’s Church, Aislaby, on Friday at 7 PM, featuring folk songs quoted in the music of Vaughan Williams.

Adele announced a Poetry and Writing workshop in the Library on Saturday 24 September 2022, 2 PM to 4 PM. This is an event in the programme of the Fish and Ships Festival, 2022.

Members’ Readings

Adele — continued reading from her Covid Diary for the period 16-31 August 2021. Various commentators were looking forward to a post-covid world, anticipated to be very different to the one we’d left behind. Small vans were increasingly being used for deliveries to supermarkets, because the country was short of approximately 10,000 HGV drivers. Adele described helping her mother move house, a stressful time on account of a family wedding she was hoping to attend.

Maria, invited to say a few words about her writing, described a collection of Yorkshire tales she was writing in her own language, and translating into English herself.

Ian — read an ironic poem: Like Us On Facebook, prompted by spotting this message on a lacklustre household product.

Jenny — continued reading from her 17th century novel in-progress about Mary Eleanor Bowes, the heiress of a vast fortune from the Durham coalfields. We are now following the lives of the servants in the young Mary’s stately home. In the wake of the rushed departure of Peggy from service into the life of a housewife and mother, Lizzie is being prepared for the coveted job as Lady’s Maid. Like several of the servants, Mary is eager to see the new baby. Mrs Bowes finally consents to allow her to join a party of servants due to set out on a formal visit the following week.

In the time remaining, members discussed the Fish and Ships Festival and some of the difficulties being faced with promoting the event.

The meeting closed at 12:50 PM.