Burnt Yates Cum Hartwith

August 5, 2015

At the last meeting of the Burnt Yates cum Hartwith branch of the Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association the ladies had a fascinating talk from Sister Agatha of the Bar Convent in York. The Bar Convent is the oldest in the country having been there since 1682. Sister Agatha is a hugely engaging and persuasive personality and destroyed all the members’ preconceptions of what a nun should be like. Sister Agatha joined in 1953 and her talk was based on the words of Meister Eckhart who lived between 1260 and 1327 when he said “Life is a paradox. It’s in our psyche, always looking for peace solutions and union. But our experience teaches us that it’s often the failures and contradictions in our lives, those are the points of growth.” Sister Agatha described her failures which turned into triumphs with humour. A chance conversation of a railway train led to a meeting with Paul Getty who supported a number of Sister Agatha’s schemes over the years.

The following day nine members were entertained by Bishop Leonard/Bishop Monkton branch at Bishop Monkton. Afternoon tea was followed by Andrew Lloyd singing hits from Cliff Richard, Elvis, Neil Diamond, the Everly Brothers and hilariouslyThe Bee Gees. Andrew Lloyd and his team also provided the tea and brought with him some of his wonderful handmade chocolates to try.

The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 2nd September at the Bay Horse Community Centre in Burnt Yates at 2pm Chris Searle will be talking about “World Garden Plants”. New and prospective members are most welcome to go along. The group is supporting the Harrogate Women’s Shelter by donating food stuffs which can provide a quick and ready snack or meal and a basket will be at the meeting for contributions. 

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