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Bosley W.I.

BOSLEY W.I. report – October 2019

 

Almost a full house of members welcomed our speaker for the evening, Terry Fones, who enthralled us with his exciting expedition to the Arctic.  

Accompanied by an equally experienced scientist and 10 gap year students, he travelled to Tromso, northern Norway and onto Svalbard by ship.  Noting climate change effects to glaciers and recording weather conditions there, they scaled the icy slopes wearing crampons and avoiding the nearby perilous crevasses,  trudging almost 250 miles. The expedition to the North Pole lasted almost 6 months during which they slept mainly in tents. The purpose of the trip was to gain information for the Royal Geographical Society and scientific results from their meteorological surveys.  Mr Fones showed us the most beautiful photos he took of the aurora borealis which they were studying on behalf of the Met. Office. Much of their trip was spent in almost 24 hours of daylight but the temperatures could reach as low as -23 deg. For the coming winter, husky dogs were deployed to transport the group across the snow.

Amazingly, even in this remote part of the world, people live, work and survive, but it’s illegal for them to leave town without a rifle.  Polar bears constantly patrol for food but fear fire, flares and gunshots.  So it is in this extremely austere area where coal mining is a main occupation, they have a university and the most beautiful of birds such as ptarmigan, pink footed geese and kittiwakes. An expedition such as this entitles a student to qualify for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, and rightly so.

Rosemary Heath gave the vote of thanks for a fascinating talk.

Future dates for our diary are a John Lewis Christmas Shopping event, the Cloud Group Supper and our W.I. Christmas lunch which this year is at Heaton House, Rushton.

Our November meeting will be our A.G.M.

The competitIon for “A plate of iced biscuits” was won by Pat Lovatt with Dorothy Gilman second.

The evening ended with delicious refreshments by Liz Tomlinson and Ann Hollinshead.

For further information about our W.I. please phone 01260-222933.

Joan Dowse

 

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BOSLEY W.I. programme 2019

 

January 31st ………………………………”Eccentrics through the ages” – Lyndon Murgatroyd

 

February 28th……………………………”Which bin shall I put it in?” – Lucinda Hodges

 

March 28th ………………………………..”Standing stones” – Geoffrey Browne

 

April 25th …………………………………..”It’s not what you say….”  – Derek Poulson

 

May 30th ……………………………………”Cartoons” – Les Pickford

 

June 27th …………………………………..Visit to Ford Green Hall

 

July 25th …………………………………….”Auctioneer” – Peter Ashburner

 

August 29th ……………………………….”Living in Styal” – Eddie Tarry

 

September 26th ………………………..”Tudor Music” – Jane (Little Moreton Hall)

 

October 31st ……………………………..Arctic Dream” – Terry Fones

 

November 28th ………………………….A.G.M.

 

December………………………………….Christmas lunch

 

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month starting at 7.30 p.m. at Bosley Methodist Chapel, Tunstall Road, SK11 0PB.

 

For further information, please ring 01260-222933.