February 2020: Annual Meeting

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February was our annual meeting where we celebrated the successes of last year and looked ahead to the rest of 2020. We had lots of our subgroups on display showing off what they got up to last year, there was a display from; book group, craft group and board games group as well as a scrap book showcasing Spa Sweethearts over the years. Also on display was the bunting detailing every meeting we have held since Spa Sweethearts began which was fantastic to see. We had a great turn out and finished the evening with a social session with lots of cheese, wine and nibbles.

The agenda we followed for the meeting is below;

  1. Announcements
  2. Appointment of independent examiner for the coming year
  3. Presentation and adoption of the financial statement
  4. The committee’s annual report
  5. President’s address and adoption of the annual report
  6. confirmation of the 2020 committee
  7. Thanks and the Great Yorkshire Show
  8. Social time, wine and cheese

We are pleased to announce that Felicity Jennings was re-elected as our president for the second year running, Sam Pugmire will continue to act as treasurer and Sahra McCann is our new secretary. A full list of committee members can be found below.

2020 Committee
President: Felicity Jennings
Treasurer: Sam Pugmire
Secretary: Sahra McCann

Committee:
Rosie Curtis
Lucy Hainsworth
Colette Hewlett
Sophie Shand
Lucy Turner
Dawn Walsh

January 2020: Below Stairs

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For our first meeting of 2020 we were joined by local historian Paul Jennings who took us on a journey back to Edwardian Harrogate. Paul spoke about domestic servants in Edwardian Harrogate and kept us entertained with his interesting stories, impressive knowledge and both old and new photographs.

By using the censuses of 1901 and 1911 Paul has collected information on the working women in Harrogate. He shared this with us and explained to us where they worked, what they did, where they came from, why they may have arrived in Harrogate and even some personal stories of their lives. It was fascinating what he has been able to find out.

Paul showed us photographs of houses in present day Harrogate where they would have worked and what these houses may have been like in the past, before explaining their daily lives. We heard about the national servant shortage across the country that occurred when more jobs became available to women and how this lead to an increase in servant wages and an improvement to their working conditions.

We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the lives, loves and losses of the domestic servants in Edwardian Harrogate, thanks Paul!

December 2019: Christmas Quiz

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Our December meeting was a fun-filled festive quiz! Things got quite competitive and from round 1 there was a hushed hum of collaboration from all our teams. We had rounds on Christmas food and drink, festive films, music and more. We even had a round to decode the anagrams of our 2020 Spa Sweethearts programme, so those who were there got a little sneak peak. It was a really enjoyable evening with a lot of laughter. Scores were very close at the end but there were some well deserved winners who each walked away with a M & S gift card. We had lots of yummy food and drink to keep us going and it definitely helped keep energy levels high throughout the evening – so thank you to all that brought some along.

From all of the committee we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2020!