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Friday 9 January – Sheffield in a storm

Friday 9 January – Sheffield in a storm
January 10, 2015 Linda Crossley

Today brought my first formal MWiB meeting of 2015; not that it was terribly formal, but it was a meeting with an agenda, and notes to be recorded, as opposed to the informal meetings involved in my earlier travels this week, calling on Margaret, Liz and Gillian at their homes.  It was the first meeting of the task group planning the connexional Creativity Day in Sheffield on 6 June.  Usually, this first meeting would start with an almost blank piece of paper, but this time we have a substantial building-block, or foundation-stone, for the day already in place.

In March last year, I was contacted by Judith Simms, who was President of Women’s Network in 2008-09, saying that her church in Crookes, Sheffield has  the “Creation: A Celebration” exhibition panels from the Bible Society as the centrepiece of a community festival in June this year, and asking whether MWiB might be interested in planning an event to take advantage of that.  After due consultation, we confirmed that would fit very well with both the timing and the location for a creativity day, so the date was settled, and the task group appointed before Christmas.  So we met today – Judith and me, with Jill King, Sheffield district rep on Forum, Glenys Vere, West Yorkshire district rep and Lydia Harrison, who attended the Darlington creativity day last year,  She has been invited by Rachel Coates, our Helen Kim Memorial Scholar to join this year’s planning group.  In the photo, Lydia is standing and seated, left to right, are Glenys, Jill and Judith.

I drove again, with Glenys’s home and Lydia’s train journey from York making Huddersfield station a convenient meeting point for us three.  Judith and Jill live more or less locally to the church.  I was glad that none of us had a lengthy journey, as the weather worsened during the day, and was very wild and squally as we began to travel home.  The order of business was wild and squally at times too – these first planning meetings involve all of us contributing many ideas, making many suggestions, and then we start to refine the plans, to focus things to create an inspiring and encouraging, yet manageable, programme for the day. Bookings will open in March, so watch the MWiB calendar on this website for more details.  Blessings, Linda