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Anglia Region at Harrogate


During the third weekend in June 2016 many Anglia Region Trefoil members were gathered together in Harrogate on the occasion of the National Trefoil Annual Meeting and weekend.
On the Friday evening many of us enjoyed attending a reception which was held in the Royal Pump Rooms. We were welcomed to the town by the Mayor of Harrogate and by Mrs Pat Downer our National Chairman and we enjoyed looking around the small museum housed in the Pump Rooms and meeting up with old and new friends.
Saturday morning saw many Trefoil ladies walking around the town before making their way to the Harrogate International Conference Centre. There, they looked at the many Trefoil stalls in the foyer and were busy buying the new Trefoil necker and other items for sale before sitting down inside the Centre in readiness for the Annual meeting.
Mrs Liz Burnley, our new National Trefoil Guild President, opened the meeting and welcomed us to Harrogate. Then Mrs Jackie Dickinson the North East England Region Chairman showed us a photographic presentation of the different areas of the region before Pat Downer presented her report helped by several Trefoil members who spoke about their involvement with the VOYAGE AWARD, GOLD and TOPAZ.
After Miss Anne Worswick presented her last financial report we watched a video link from the new Chief Guide Valerie Le Vaillant who introduced herself and talked about her plans for the future of Guiding and Mrs Alison Gordon Chief Guide Commissioner for North East England gave a quick resume of the achievements of Girlguiding during the past year.
We then had an excellent and amusing talk from Dr Gervase Phinn who talked about his experiences as a Headmaster and as an Ofsted inspector before we left to go back to our hotels for dinner and to get ready for our return to the Conference Centre for the evening concert when we were entertained with an evening of music, verse and song.
On Sunday many Trefoil members went on the trips that had been organised by Venture Abroad or enjoyed staying in Harrogate visiting Betty’s Tea Rooms or the Valley Gardens where a 1940’s day was being held. In the evening many of us enjoyed the entertainment of a Royal Birthday Party organised by Venture Abroad before saying goodbye to our old and new friends as we returned home to our homes after a great weekend in the North East and looking forward to visiting Brighton in 2017.
Margaret Butler
Anglia Region PRA

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