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Unusually for the first meeting of the year this was a very busy meeting with a good number of members and some visitors. We also had some new members.

Thanks were given to the committee for organising the 70th. Birthday Party in December which was a resounding success. Thanks also to Jillian Robinson for the Xmas Fayre and Ann Hitchen for doing the reading at the carol service.

There was also a big birthday this month and a plant will go to Renee Wainwright who was celebrating the occasion.

Our speaker was Derek Poulson with his talk "It's not what you say — It's the way that you say it". He wanted to be an actor from the age of 15 but that was frowned upon. He went to a 'posh' school after passing the 11 Plus and his Yorkshire accent was looked down upon as at that time BBC English was considered the way forward. A job he took after school was a Presentation Consultant for training pilots to talk calmly and concisely (you always trust them when they speak nicely) but he was always true to his Yorkshire roots.

He took us on a tour of the British Isles explaining where our language originated in the different parts of the U.K. and how this influences how we speak today. He spoke in the dialect from each region along with the mannerisms we associate with each one.
He was very clever and very funny and had everyone in stitches. We were sorry when the talk finished.

The competition of a Northern Saying was won in joint first by Molly Kennerley and Jennifer Taylor. Second Dorothy Monks
The raffle was won by Sue Cooling and second was Lisa Kennerley.

Our next meeting will be on 24th. Feb at 7.30 when Judith Popley will give a talk entitled My Life at Granada and the competition is 70's memorabilia.

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