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Good Com­pan­ions

Sowerby Bridge Good Com­pan­ions met at St Pa­trick’s Church Hall, Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge. Ev­ery­one was pleased to wel­come Sheila back af­ter a long ill­ness. Birth­day greet­ings were sung for Mavis. This week mem­bers brought dif­fer­ent cruets – some old and oth­ers nov­el­ties – and all were in­ter­est­ing to see and to hear the sto­ries be­hind them. The raf­fle prizes were won by Ada and Martin. Tea, coffee and choco­late bis­cuits were en­joyed. The meet­ing on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 at the usual time of 1.30pm un­til 2.50pm, will be egg cups.

Probus Club

Mrs Denise Ad­lard gave mem­bers an in­sight into the life of Dame Cicely Saun­ders. She was an English Angli­can nurse, a so­cial worker, physi­cian and writer. She stud­ied at St Annes Col­lege and later trained as a doc­tor. She mar­ried one of her pa­tients, a Pol­ish-Jewish man who was dy­ing of can­cer. In the 1950’s she worked for sev­eral years at St Joseph’s Hospice. She then mar­ried an­other pa­tient and af­ter his death she set up her own hospice for can­cer pa­tients. In 1965 she was ap­pointed Of­fi­cer of the or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire. In 1967 the world’s first pur­pose-built hospice, St Christo­pher’s Hospice was es­tab­lished and Cicely Saun­ders worked as med­i­cal di­rec­tor. She be­came pres­i­dent in 2000. A year later she re­ceived the Con­rad N Hil­ton Hu­man­i­tar­ian prize on be­half of St Christo­phers. She died of can­cer at the age of 87. Meet­ings are held at St Pa­trick’s Church Hall, Up­per Bolton Brow Sowerby Bridge on Wed­nes­days at 10am.

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