Somercotes Ladies Group met in the village hall when Eileen Wilkinson opened the meeting with prayers and then welcomed Jackie Newbury, who gave a talk on the ‘soup run’.
The soup run was started 28 years ago by Liz Radford and the centre is now run fortnightly from Osmanston Road Baptist Chapel.
People living on the streets in Derby can get soup or a hot drink and there is someone there to talk to them.
The chapel started the soup run but now many other churches are doing it too. Jackie gave a very interesting talk, making many friends with her interesting stories – funny and sad.
Kathleen Smithurst gave a vote of thanks.
The next meeting of the ladies group saw a talk by Rashelle Maltz-Jones, who spoke on the origins of pearls, shells and sea pearls from early beginnings. Many necklaces and bracelets were on display, which could be made to order.
At the next meeting, Eileen Wilkinson welcomed Kathy Gold and Christine, who work through the night in Derby as street pastors, which started in 2009. Kathy told the group of the many helpful jobs they do: looking after late-night revellers, providing flip-flops, blankets, water and so on.
They often need to be good listeners and all the work they do is voluntary. It was a very interesting talk.
The group welcomed Jackie Newbury again to their next meeting.
Jackie demonstrated the art of cake decorating. The cake she had made was on display and she donated it to the raffle. Eileen gave the vote of thanks.
Pictured is Sybil Armstrong presenting a cheque for £400 to Phyllis Holmes from the Ripley Hospital League of Friends. It was money raised throughout the year by the ladies group. Also on the picture are group leader Eileen Wilkinson and Brian Wright from the Friends.