CLUB REPORTS; YOUR CLUB.
HUTTON LOWCROSS WI: President Pat Bolton welcomed members to the meeting and wished all a happy new year. Jerusalem was sung and Pat introduced Sue Simpson, Trustee of Teesside Federation, who was to be our speaker and said Angela was taking the minutes as Jenny had a heavy cold and could not attend. Liz Nangle was thanked for the table flowers. Members were reminded to sign in and pay entry fee of 50p and subs of PS36 were due. Printed programme available next month. Members were also reminded to vote for the AGM resolutions, with spare forms available on the table. The bag pack at Guisborough Sainsbury's netted PS566 for Clevearc; members were thanked for their help. The post Christmas meal took place at Whinstone View, Great Ayton, on Thursday, January 15. Sue Simpson gave a very interesting talk about her work with the Teesside Society for the Blind, which covers all aspects of sight impairment and how clients are helped in their everyday lives. Next month's speaker will be Laura Dickon, from Podology foot care in Saltburn. Competition a shoe.
CLEVELAND RETIRED MEN'S ASSOCIATION: David Hogg has a collection of over 400 postcards which he has built up over 20 years and he shared some of them with his audience in an excellent computer-aided presentation. Starting at about 1910 with views of Redcar pier, boats on the beach, horse drawn milk floats on The Esplanade, and Sunday strollers in their best apparel, his postcards took us along to The Beacon, which at that time was a bone-fide helter skelter attraction. Moving on to Titty Bottle Park - so nicknamed because of its favoured position for nannies walking their charges - we realised the skill of the old Redar Council gardeners who laid out the flower beds in such intricate patterns. Talking of Coatham inevitably led to postcard images of the Mobile Band stand which was shared between Redcar and Coatham folks. Postcards showed the excellent Redcar illuminations, folks buying fresh fish off the boats (the same boats which offered rides out into the bay). Views of the wide high street, the drinking fountain, Redcar's oldest cottage and the central station, which became a market before being reinvented as a cinema and finally offices. Horse drawn carriages were pictured like taxis waiting for hire before we were taken to the boating lake (later to become the roller skating rink), the swimming baths, South Gare lighthouse, Zetland lifeboat and a beached whale.