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Our new President, Jayne Faversham, wished everyone a Happy New Year and gave a very warm welcome to everyone including new member, Jean Donocik. She particularly thanked Margaret Dunn for sending each member a birthday card throughout the year


It was agreed by all present that the Christmas party in December was a great success, with a delicious meal provided by Anne Tenant and really enjoyable entertainment given by Bucks Voices Choir.


A thank you letter had been received from Amanda Martin of Scannappeal who very much appreciated the cheque for £880. Jayne suggested and it was agreed that this year’s charity would be the Parkinson’s UK Amersham & High Wycombe Group in memory of member, Janet Newman, who sadly died from the illness on 7th November last year.


A reminder was given to members who provided teas each month that they are entitled to £4 to help cover costs and should claim this from Treasurer, Avril.


The team for the Inter-County Quiz to be held on 28th March will be Anne Underwood, Christine Richfield Andrews and Jean Donocik.


The six Resolutions were presented to the members and voted upon. These will go forward to the NFWI Annual Meeting in June.


Anne Lloyd Jones and Christine will be the Delegate and Observer attending the BFWI Council Meeting in Aylesbury on 1st May when the speakers will include Naturalist Simon King, Steve Irons, Bucks Resilience Officer and His Honour Judge Francis Sheridan.


Monthly walks with a pub lunch are hoping to be started in the Spring and any ideas and voluntary organisers would be appreciated. £1 each is given towards the charity.


Pam Ruff had brought in a jigsaw from each of the last three Challenges if anyone would like to borrow them.


Ruth Dunkin, daughter of member, Felicity Beynon, gave a very informative and interesting presentation on the work of the Air Ambulance in general and Thames Valley in particular, for whom she has worked for the past 3½ years.

London’s Air Ambulance is celebrating 30 years while Thames Valley has been operating for 20 years. Their slogan is “We give you the best chance when the worst happens”.


It is funded entirely by donations and operates from 7am until 2am 365 days a year. The service has 39 aircraft, and has treated 25,000 of the most critically ill or seriously injured patients in their time of need.


The helicopters are based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire and have a pilot, a doctor and one or two paramedics on board each one. They are able to treat the patients on site with the latest equipment as if they were in A&E. The helicopter is now supported by fast response vehicles.


The next meeting is at 8pm on 14th February when Sandra Hurst will speak about “Tibet – The Forbidden Land”. Visitors are very welcome.


Gillian O'Flynn
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