The Ullswater trip for June was cancelled, so at short notice Geraldine persuaded her working colleague Richard Horricks to step in to take the June meeting.
Richard lives in Tallentire having moved from West London to enjoy retirement.
What an inspiration he is! Retirement for him isn't sitting in front of the television after spending 25 years working for British Airways. This involved world-wide flights looking after the needs of Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Shirley Bassey, Charles & Diana and more. His experiences were absorbing and funny.
Moving to Cumbria was to the place he always wanted to live. Retirement for him is meaningful and fulfilling. He is a campanologist (bell ringer) at All Saints and Bridekirk. First Responders is his second line of duty, helping with the needs of people in the Isel Valley, and including Tallentire, Bridekirk and Dovenby. He also became a voluntary worker at Wordsworth House three years ago. This indirectly lead to his becoming a registrar. His job area involves Civil Ceremonies, marriages and citizenship ceremonies.
We all enjoyed hearing about Richard's full and interesting life, wondering how he manages to fit everything in, including walking his two labradoodles up Tallentire Hill.
The evening continued with a visit from Judith Benn who was our local delegate to the Leeds AGM. She informed us about the events that took place, this being a useful feedback.
Sheila Martin read the minutes, and Geraldine continued with the correspondence and County Newsletter.
The Postcard Competition was won by Carol Colquitt.
More details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk.
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