Saddleworth Ladies Lifeboat Guild’s annual Cream Teas goes down a treat

ANOTHER £2,500 has been added to the kitty after a successful Cream Tea held by the Saddleworth Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Thousands of pounds have been raised already this year by the dedicated volunteers in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.

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Members of the Guild and guests enjoyed the Waterways Cruise

Members of the Guild kick-started their fundraising with a coffee morning at Uppermill Methodist Church to raise more than £400 for the charity.

Then Jenny Begley from Delph organised a Manchester Waterways Cruise on behalf of the Guild, adding over £700 to the funds (not £300 as mistakenly printed in last month’s paper).

The cruise set out from their Castlefield mooring in beautifully outfitted barge ‘The Emmiline Pankhurst’ after guests were welcomed on board with a sparkling flute of Buck’s Fizz.

The fascinating journey encompassed part of the Bridgewater Canal, onto the River Irwell via the Paloma Lock and joined the Manchester Ship Canal before reaching Salford Quays.

During the journey, which was accompanied by an excellent commentary as the cruise slid quietly through a hidden world full of revelations and surprises, the group enjoyed a splendid meal all prepared on board in the galley.

Then guests disembarked to enjoy some time at the Lowry Outlet Centre, the adjacent Art Gallery or the War Museum close by.

On leaving, they were served a delightful desert to enjoy on the return journey, completing a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable day out.

Next, more than £1,200 was raised through an Open Garden Event, despite the weather being awful, as Rhoda Potts kindly invited visitors to her Grasscroft home.

In June, members of the Guild walked across the famous sands at Morecambe Bay, led by the Queen’s Guide Cedric Robinson MBE, with money raised still being counted.

And most recently, there was another bumper turn-out for their annual scrumptious Cream Tea at the Uppermill Civic Hall.

Joan Halkyard, chair of the guild, said: Jenny Begley, who organised the Manchester Waterways cruise, did a great job and Rhoda Potts, who, like Jenny isn’t a member of the guild, very kindly put her home and garden at our disposal.

“It’s local support such as these two ladies gave which motivates us to keep on with the good work for the RNLI.”

Their next event is their Annual Lunch at the White Hart, Lydgate on Sunday, September 25, arrival 1pm for 1.30pm meal. Tickets (£30pp) available from Joan Halkyard on 01457 875375 or other members of the Guild.

Then there will be Coffee Mornings at Uppermill Methodist on Wednesday, October 26 then Saturday, November 12, both from 10am-12noon.

The year ends with their popular Quiz Night at Greenfield Conservative Club on Friday, November 18, starting at 7.30pm.

For more information about the Guild and their events, please phone Joan Halkyard on 01457 875375 or contact any members of the Guild.


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