We welcomed the Rev Michael Burgess to our meeting in September. He had a terrible journey from Lyme, and arrived late after being caught in heavy traffic. However, it was worth waiting for. The talk entitled "Several Deadly Sins" was full of amusing stories and quips, but also had some reflective moments about the way society works today.
Thirty-six members and one visitor joined our August meeting. It was lovely to see so many members and in particular our new members. We hope that you felt comfortable with the arrangements we had put in place in conjunction with the requirements of the Barbour Institute. Jean Hancox took some photographs from the day which can be found on the events page.
Our July speaker was Dr Ian Bedford. His talk was entitled "Butterfly Gardening in a Changing Environment". He spoke about the differences between butterflies and moths, what ones we can see in the UK and what we can do to help the butterfly population thrive. As a follow up, there is a Big Butterfly Count taking place from Friday 16th July - Sunday 8th August. This is a nationwide citizen science survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 111,500 citizen scientists took part in 2020, submitting 145,249 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK. For more information follow the link below:
In June our speaker was Aimee Best from the Dogs Trust Charity. The Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK, caring for around 15,500 stray and abandoned dogs across their rehoming centres every year. It was a very enjoyable presentation and gave an insight into the various services the Trust offers including a very important initiative The Canine Care Card Scheme. It is a free service that gives a dog owner peace of mind, knowing that Dogs Trust will care for their dog when you die should no one else be able to take care of their pet.
In May our talk "Tiptoe Through the Tombstones", was given by Rina Tillinger. Originally from the Midwest, US, Rina Tillinger now lives in the Northwest UK. Tiptoe Through the Tombstones explores the churchyards of Cheshire in search of unusual and unforgettable inscriptions and epitaphs carved on gravestones.
In April James Taylor gave a talk on Brilliant British Humour in the Forgotten Art of the Picture Postcard:1840-1950. Artist-drawn postcards were the most popular art form from the Edwardian era to the outbreak of World War II. They entertained, inspired, instructed, motivated, persuaded and lifted-up the spirits.
The talk at our March meeting "Playing Out" was given by Kath Reynolds, a really engaging talk that had us all reminiscing about the games we used to play as children.
Kath worked for many years for Staffordshire and then Stoke-on-Trent Libraries. She now delivers a number of reminiscence talks which reflect a great many years of collecting stories, memories and musings from the people of Staffordshire and surrounding counties.
At our February meeting Steve Hunter from the charity Blood Bikes gave the talk. Blood Bikes transport blood, platelets, samples, surgical instruments, platelets, samples, surgical instruments, human donor milk and many other clinical products across the UK and Eire. A really interesting talk about a very valuable service which is run entirely by volunteers.
At our January meeting Chris Tynan from the RSPB gave us an inspirational talk on British Birds. Chris has been the RSPB Liverpool Local Group leader for over 20 years. He illustrated his talk with some lovely photographs and also gave us some great tips on how to attract more birds into our garden.
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