Driffield Guild in East Yorkshire held their annual open evening this week. We have ten guilds in East Yorkshire and each guild holds an annual open evening when the other guilds in the County are invited.
Driffield asked Neal Ingram whose mother Marjorie is a member of Driffield Guild to speak to us about his work as a volunteer with the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. Neal is a paramedic and became interested in the search and rescue team as a child when his parents who were volunteers used to take him along to meetings. The organisation relies on donations and a raffle was held in order to raise money to give to this very worthwhile cause which operates on a 24/7 basis. Neal gave us an idea of the type of emergencies they deal with and the costs involved in running this vital service including replacement of vehicles/suitable clothing/medical equipment etc. For more information about the work they do have a look on their website at www.srmrt.org.uk/
Following Neal's talk and slide show, Jackie Dickinson our Region Chairman presented two thanks and recognition badges and certificates to two members, Joan Naylor (photo 1) and Sheila Simpkin who have been involved with Driffield TG for many years and have worked tirelessly in supporting and organising many events during this time.
Judith Benson, the archivist for East Yorkshire organised a display of guiding memorabilia which have been collected over the years including photographs/uniforms and badges. A very impressive display.
We ended (of course !) with a superb buffet which members had provided - a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Chris Scruton (P.R.A. North East England)
Photos by June Wilson (Region International Adviser and member of Driffield Guild)