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Dovenby WI February 2012

President Geraldine Baldwin opened the meeting with seventeen members and one visitor attending. Secretary Carole Colquitt then read the minutes of the last meeting, which were duly accepted. Guest speaker Mrs Alison Tams was introduced, and gave a talk on 'Stroke Awareness'.

Alison works as a coordinator working between Maryport and Millom for the Stroke Association, with the branch having started in 2008 with just a few people working together on a voluntary basis. Stroke is now accepted on the same level as heart attack, with both needing to be treated speedily. It was explained that strokes can happen at any age, and if treated quickly can be controlled with medication and rehabilitation.

The Stroke Association is the only UK charity solely concerned combatting stroke in people of all ages. They hold different group meetings such as speech and language therapy, painting, meals and trips, and is all self-funding.

As a group, they are always looking for volunteers and donations.

Geraldine Baldwin gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Tams, for having made a serious subject into an interesting and enlightening talk.

The competition, a limerick, was won by Mary Foster, with Julie Rollison as runner-up.

The raffle was won by Mary Foster, and the quiz was won by Geraldine Baldwin and Nita Eubank.

Dovenby WI is always glad to welcome new members or visitors. Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at Bridekirk Dovenby School. More details and a programme are to be found on www.bridekirkparish.org.uk.

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