Busy months as the Guild is on the go

Todmorden Trefoil Guild members outside the bowling alley and ready to compete
Todmorden Trefoil Guild members outside the bowling alley and ready to compete

The ladies of the Todmorden Trefoil Guild (GirlguidingUK) have been very busy and very active during the spring and summer months.

They decide their list of meetings for the year at their annual general meeting in March and these meetings can be various.

None of them are what could be described as purely business meetings, although secretary Olive Birch never forgets to bring her notebook to each meeting to hold a mini-business session.

The choices from one year to the next always seem to include some favourite items but this year some novel ideas are being tried out.

And since Girlguiding UK has always been involved with the out-of-doors, it is no surprise that this element features regularly in our calendar.

In March the members walked around Hollingworth Lake, at a gentle pace, taking advantage of a fine summer evening, only pausing at the far side to stop and wave to two car-bound members on the opposite bank.

These two ladies spent their time watching the ducks on the lake and “putting the world to right”! On meeting up they concluded the lovely evening with a meal at The Wine Press.

The weekend at the end of June was the now-annual “Mystery Trip”, the destination known only to the organising member, Shirley Fielder, and the secretary.

It turned out to be Liverpool where another of our members was performing with her Gospel Choir. It was a hectic and active weekend.

August saw the members enjoying their annual barbecue at the home of another member, Alison Stansfield, another fixture which is always much enjoyed and appreciated.

At this get-together, because there was no official meeting, it gave members the chance to have a good chat and talk about lots of things, including finding out about other members’ health which has been the topic of much brief discussion lately.

In late August the group took to the water, cruising from the Sowerby Bridge wharf to Salterhebble and back on the county organisation’s own narrowboat “Spirit of Guiding”.

Calder Valley Division Guiders played a large role in the planning and design of this extra addition to Girlguiding’s attractions.

This evening was, actually, a postponement since the original date had been the night of the dreadful storms which broke out over Walsden at the end of July. The members then, especially those living in Walsden, were unable to travel, being cut off by road.

This second night - weatherwise - was a bonus, since it was warm and sunny. Members finished the evening by having a splendid meal at Sowerby Bridge wharf.

In August the members went bowling, travelling to the alley in Burnley to show their skills at hurling the ball.

Again they were accompanied by their two less active members who watched the proceedings very carefully.

Dividing into two teams, the winner of one team, Eileen Helliwell, beat the winner of the other team Sylvia Lofthouse, by just one point! A very close result after a night’s sporty play.

Again, a meal concluded the evening. A feast of good food lay in store for members when we arrived at The Staff of Life pub on Burnley Road. Again it was a wonderful and very happy night.

In September we held our annual Coffee Morning at Central Methodist Church on behalf of the Overgate Hospice and the Stroke Association.

This last charity was chosen because some of its members, either directly or indirectly over the last few years, have been affected by strokes and one local Scouter known to many Tod folk because of his association with the local Gang Show suffered very badly from a stroke just before Christmas last year.

This morning was extremely well attended, so busy at times that there were no seats to sit down.

The morning’s efforts which included a tombola and home produce stall raised a splendid total of £260.

The next meeting in October will be a much quieter affair, listening to the Ugandan experiences of Neil Claxton, the chair’s nephew, who spent two weeks there in the spring. And then it is the build up to Christmas!

In the meantime several members are busily sewing sections of the bunting which will feature in the Tour de France when it races around Cragg Vale next summer. This bunting will obviously bear the logo of Todmorden Trefoil Guild.

Aren’t they a busy group?