Air ambulance talk at meeting

The new Pocklington WI committee.
The new Pocklington WI committee.

Members of Pocklington WI were most appreciative of being able to hold their November meeting in the Methodist Chapel at short notice.

The new president, Anne Dodd, welcomed three new members and everyone present.

Jerusalem was sung, birthday buttonholes presented, and business matters discussed.

The speaker was Marian Gamble, a volunteer for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Few of those present had realised it was only 16 years old and started by leasing an old German helicopter.

It was 2006 before they were able to acquire their first new helicopter and two years later were able to add a second aircraft. These are based at Nostell Priory and Topcliffe and are able to reach a situation in Yorkshire in twenty minutes, and take a patient to a trauma unit. They can be airborne within two minutes and attend a wide range of accidents.

Mrs Gamble gave details of costs and how the public can help raise money for the service. It was a very interesting talk and she was thanked by Pam Sawyer.

Refreshments were enjoyed and the winners of the monthly competition for a flower arrangement using yellow flowers was won by Jan Mitchell, with Janet Collinson and Joyce Clarke runners-up.

The next meeting of the WI will be the Christmas meal and party.