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March Meeting Report

It was a very busy meeting with a lot of business. Judith Adshead gave us a report of the last P.A.L. meeting where organ donation was discussed. Gwen Hayhurst gave the report from the Council Meeting at Winsford. Jane Budenburg was given a plant for a big birthday.

The speaker for the evening was Keith Yearsley MBE with his talk A Life in Music. He started playing the piano (reluctantly) at age 7, his family being very musical. This stood him in good stead in later years. He started a church choir while in the army in the 1950s having played the harmonium for church parade. The choir was a good one and there were many chaps with wonderful voices who nowadays would probably have had a career in singing. Keith went on to be a chorister in York Minster where he spent two years. He continued in singing and music throughout his life while working as a teacher in Macclesfield and now leads the Oriana choir. He has visited many countries with various choirs which he conducted such as The Thomas Cramner Choir and Gawsworth Choir. He had many funny stories such as the tunes people wanted at their funeral such as "Smoke gets in your eyes", "I'm in heaven" and "Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye". He was also asked by the brides father (very forcefully) to play "There may be trouble ahead" as the bride and groom signed the register. He has worked all his life to raise money for various charities and it was for this work that he received his MBE in 2008. We all enjoyed the evening.

The competition of an old record cover was won by Jennifer Taylor with new member Karen Hilton coming second. The raffle for ACWW was won by Gwen Hayhurst. Tea afterwards included some very nice savouries which went down very well.

The next meeting will be on 23rd. April 7.30 at Lr. Withington Parish Hall when the speaker will be Tim Brunnand on My Life at the Bar. The competition will be a Toby Jug.

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