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Winter 2010-11 - Issue 3

The Magazine for Ladies Circle in Area 3

Area Ladies

Diary Dates

Monday 24th January Area Meeting Tuesday 15th February (changed date) Jolly Sausage & Area Delegates Meeting Wed 2nd March Area Bowling Mon 18th April Area AGM Thu 5th - Sun 8th May National Conference Sat 7th May National AGM Tue 17th May Rounders Trophy Thu 23rd June Handover Dinner

Porritt’s Ponderings... Welcome... My favourite comment about being on Area Exec is, ‘It’s like being in another Circle where everyone’s really enthusiastic.’ Just think girls, you could enjoy twice the fun and twice the friendship!

Welcome to the Winter edition of Three Cheers and a Happy New Year to you all. I trust everyone’s New Year’s resolutions remain resolute. I have to admit that I have long given up on even making resolutions - the twin temptations of wine and chocolate continue to be my downfall. Well, it’s that time when we start to look forward to the new Circle Year. Vice Chairmen across the Area are starting to quietly panic - sorry, that should read ‘joyfully prepare for their year as Chairman!’ Area Exec is no exception and, as e v e r, w e a r e l o o k i n g f o r enthusiastic Circlers to join our merry band - very little experience required! You’ll find descriptions of all the Area roles and a nomination form later in the magazine so come on girls, take the plunge. It really is a lot easier than we make it look!

Karen has been as busy as ever, visiting Circles across our Area. She’s aiming to visit every Circle by the end of the year and I wouldn’t bet against her! We’ve got a great new competition for the ‘Show and Tell’ trophy. I’m sure you’ll have some of the ‘What did you do Last Night?’ Ladies Circle postcards lying around. We want you to do something special with them! Read more details later in the magazine. I’d just like to wish all of you and your Circles health, happiness and success in the year ahead. Yours in Friendship



Karen’s Area Adventures Happy New Year to all Ladies Circlers of Area 3 and hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a nice New Year break. So it’s back to circle business and can you believe I have only 6 months left to visit the following circles who I haven't managed to visit yet – B r i g h o u s e , G o o l e , H a r ro gate , Penistone, Huddersfield Pendragon, Ossett & Horbury and Hebden Bridge. Since the ‘Think Pink’ Meeting in October, I celebrated with Baildon Ladies Circle for their charter and I have to say that the Full Monty will never be the same again thanks to Baildon Round Table!

Next, I visited Holme Valley Ladies Circle for their annual Charity Ball and I have to say they did a wonderful job considering they only have three members, well done girls. This was a great evening with great company and a lovely meal with some dancing. Thank you from me and Derek for your hospitality which we both really enjoyed.

Early November I had Tea & Cakes with Colne Valley Ladies Circle who are doing really well in terms of attracting new ladies and the cake was very yummy. Now they say that Christmas comes early, so you can imagine my surprise to be asked to a Christmas dinner in November, but nevertheless I joined Batley Tangent ladies for a lovely evening at Heald's Hall Hotel and a catch up with a few old faces. It was followed in the same week with a visit again to Heald's Hall Hotel but for the friendship evening. A night with the stars was in order and all the girls of Area 3 who joined me definitely were shining. (See separate report for pictures.)

With my own circle, we had a fabulous day out in Manchester shopping and visited the German Market, it was cold but a fantastic day out with my mates. Lots of drinking, eating & shopping! What more could a girl want? Rothwell Fashion show finished off November, where they did a raffle and showed lots of clothes which could be bought at bargain prices. Well done girls, I hope you raised lots of money for your nominated charity. December was very quiet, but I had a fun night out with Kathy Thompson & the Batley Girls for our annual Christmas dinner. If you like Italian then Kathy's was the place to be but be warned you only get your dinner if you sing in Italian.

I had a lovely Christmas and New Year with my family and recharged my batteries as I know how busy it is going to be as I only have 6 months left to visit 7 circles which I am sure I can do. First job of the new year was our exec planning meeting held at Jo Tinker’s so we are busy planning the rest of my year up to the Handover Dinner.

Next up is Area 9 Ladies Night where myself and Derek will be joining lots of others Circlers and Tablers to party the night away. You will all have to wait till the next edition of 3 cheers to find out how I got on and what else I will be up to for the rest of my year. Yours in Friendship

By the way, bookings are being taken for the Handover Dinner and it would be great if as many of you as possible can join me to celebrate the fantastic year I am having as your Area Chair. Now if you like fizz and good company, then Sitlington Ladies Circle 35th Charter was the place to be on 8th January 2011 as this was my first outing of the year. What a fabulous afternoon of fun and friendship with a visit from Santa with a little pressie, thank you to Sine and the Sitlington Girls.

Karen Flatters Area 3 Chairman 2010/2011.

Here’s a sneak peek of the pictures from Area Ladies Night and Jo Tinker has written a report later in the magazine.

Santa comes to Rothwell A wonderful start to Christmas. On Sunday 19th December a most magical event happened. It all began a few weeks earlier when Santa's helpers, in the form of Rothwell Ladies Circle, decided to take over the organising of the annual Santa In The Park event. Traditionally, Round Table had run the event, but with their demise, Debbie Mallinson volunteered to be the co-ordinator. There were a few moments when we all thought it wouldn't go ahead but, in true Circle style, it all came together in the end. With the insurance sorted, helicopter booked, Debbie asked extablers to help and they certainly did, putting up the extremely large gazebos, sorting the electrics and even using a blow torch to defrost the frozen lock to the park entrance. Circlers sorted out the refreshments and DJ and the crowds began to gather!

At 11am, the sound of a helicopter could be heard‌Santa was here! The helicopter pilot flew over the park, turned, then landed with a flourish. Santa and his helper then spent lots of time meeting each child and wishing them Happy Christmas. Apparently, the children were pleased as when they asked for anything, the little elf helper told them not to worry as Santa has lots of everything‌not sure about the parents though.!

So, all in all, it was a fantastic start to Christmas. The well-oiled machine that is Rothwell Circle worked as a great team and we would like to thank ex-tablers for their help too! Jo Tinker Rothwell Ladies Circle

Sitlington Celebrate 35 Years On Saturday 8th January Sitlington Ladies Circle celebrated their 35th Charter at Brookhouse Mill WMC. It was a great afternoon catching up with friends but also browsing through their memory books from the last...well about 35 years. It was amazing to see that although fashions and hairstyles have changed over the years, the things Sitlington did have not! During the afternoon we had a delicious meal and chatted to one of the stewards, Norman who told us his age, over 70 i think and how he made his wonderful layered potatoes. At the end of the afternoon, Santa made an unexpected visit, with one of his elves to present us all with a gift. As you can see from the photo's he has put on a lot of weight during the festive much so that his arms wouldn't bend and he couldn't see his feet! Thank you Sine and Sitlington for a fun afternoon and a great start to 2011! Jo Tinker Rothwell Ladies Circle

Oh Yes it’s Ladies Night...

On Friday 14th January, around 80 members of Circle, Table, Tangent and 41 Club, along with friends and family celebrated Ladies Night. Round Table Area Vice Chair, Karl Ashford had organised a delicious 4 course meal, great live entertainment and disco at Brookfield House WMC, which is nothing like any WMC I have been to! Our old friend Norman, who served and entertained us last week at Sitlington's Charter, was there again and gave us the recipe for his layered potatoes and also told me off for not eating all of my beef! As you can see from the photos a great time was had by all as we twisted the night away!

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So if you do fancy joining in the fun of Area Exec, just print out and fill in this form and return it to Audrey by 7th March

Area 3 Nomination Form Position standing for: Name: Address:

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Chairman: Circle: Please be prepared to address the meeting.

Nomination forms to be returned to: Audrey Gunson, 3 Kenilworth Drive, th Halifax, HX3 8XP. No later that Monday 7 March 2011 please.

Netball In keeping with our Chairman, Viv’s theme of sport and fitness, Elland Ladies Circle challenged Halifax Ladies Circle to a netball match. The two teams of Circlers (and friends, daughters and Tangent members) met at Brooksbank School on a cold, dark January evening. The game was fast paced (I got tired just watching!) and competitive with everyone showing real commitment. For three-quarters of the match things were very evenly matched and the score was poised at 7-7. Despite some excellent passing play from Elland, Halifax pulled ahead and won the match 13-8. Before you start thinking we’ve all become new women, most of the girls did round off the evening in the pub - it was a Circle event after all! Victoria Porritt Elland Ladies Circle

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Friendship Evening Area Friendship Evening is always a great way to make new friends or catch up with old ones and this year’s dinner on November 18th at Healds Hall Hotel in Liversedge was no exception.

The girls shared a few laughs and a few drinks & talked with friends old and new, in the true spirit of Circle Friendship.

We had some delicious food and the tables were decorated beautifully by Jo Machon who sadly couldn't join us because she was ill. Then our Vice, Jo Tinker was ill and so was Penny Daynes, our Sports Officer but the rest of us managed to raise a glass to their good health.

A night with the stars was in order. We all had our starters with our own Circles before moving tables for our main courses and switching around again for our desserts.

Here’s a quote from the fridge magnet we received as a table gift which neatly sums it up: "GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE STARS …. YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM, BUT YOU KNOW THEY'RE ALWAYS THERE”


Walking up to a department store's fabric counter, the pretty girl said, "I would like to buy this material for a new dress. How much does it cost?" "Only one kiss per yard," replied the male clerk with a smirk. "That's fine," said the girl. "I'll take ten yards." With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the clerk quickly measured out the cloth, wrapped it up, then teasingly held it out.

Little Johnny came downstairs bellowing lustily. His mother asked, "What's the matter now?" "Dad was hanging pictures, and just hit his thumb with a hammer," said Johnny through his tears. "That's not so serious," soothed his mother. "I know you're upset, but a big boy like you shouldn't cry at something like that. Why didn't you just laugh?" "I did!" sobbed Johnny.

The girl snapped up the package, pointed to the old geezer standing beside her, and smiled, "Grandpa will pay the bill."

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Perhaps we shouldn’t complain when he forgets Valentines Day after all, it could be worse!


Right then - here’s your challenge. I know you’ll be able to impress me! To win this year’s Show and Tell trophy all you need to do is take a photo of this lovely Ladies Circle postcard in the most imaginative or obscure location you can think of. You’ll have to beat our Social organiser this year, Jo Machon. She is a midwife so I don’t think I need to spell out where she is thinking of putting her postcard - the mind boggles! You can email your entries to me at or bring them along to the Area AGM. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a postcard. We’ll have some at the forthcoming Area events and meetings or you can print out this page and cut out the picture. Closing date for entries is Friday 17th June and the winner will be announced at the Handover Dinner. Have fun!

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3 Cheers Winter 2011  

The magazine for ladies circle in Area 3