The Wolds Diary column with Sue Woodcock

Rev Geoff Hollingsworth held his last service at All Saints Church before his retirement.
Rev Geoff Hollingsworth held his last service at All Saints Church before his retirement.

After a comparatively quiet weekend, Monday was a busy day. I walked the dogs and did some housework and then in the evening made my way up to Osbaldwick just outside York, to their very fine sports club where I had been invited to speak to the Osbaldwick and Murton WI.

I arrived in heavy rain and all the roads had large puddles, if not worse. There was water everywhere. As I sat in the warmth and comfort of my car, a lady came and opened up and I went into the very splendid clubhouse to help get things ready.

They were a very responsive audience and great fun. Their theme for the night was sheep. There was a white chocolate Shaun the Sheep and I was so grateful I was not asked to eat it. I am trying so hard to stick to my diet.

I arrived back in Pocklington just in time to join the Pocklington Singers in the pub.

I popped into town the next day to visit the bank and do a little shopping and then had a quiet day. I had been warned that some long-standing friends might be visiting and prepared the spare room. On Wednesday morning they texted me to say they were on their way. I left a key for them and headed off to the beautiful, tranquil, and very fine village of West Lutton, not far from Sledmere. I stopped off at the farm shop at Sledmere and bought some lovely items. From there I drove to West Lutton. As usual I was early and so I had a look round the outside of a rather fine church, read the information boards outside the pub and then spotted some rather splendid sheep in a small field nearby. They were Dorset Poll sheep in fantastic condition.

Then I found the house and was met by my hostess and went into this lovely cottage where the West Lutton Ladies group were to meet. They were a wonderful audience and laughed rather a lot. Then I had a bit of a dilemma. Our hostess had baked the most wonderful cakes and biscuits and I felt it would be rude to refuse so I broke my diet and sampled some of the best cakes in years.

I got home to greet my friends and we caught up on many years, and then we all went to the pub at Millington for a fabulous steak. The next day we chilled out and chatted. I had to go to a rehearsal of the Celebration Singers in the evening, so I dropped my friends at a pub in Pocklington. They headed off to Lincolnshire the next morning, and in the afternoon, I visited York Hospital.

Once home the dogs went for a short walk as the weather was turning nasty. I went to choir practice in the evening. Saturday was cold, snowy and I tried to walk the dogs and met with a blank refusal. That suited me. I kept in the warm and worked on my new book.

On Sunday it was a group service at church, as it was the last service led by our vicar, before his retirement. I shall miss Geoff Hollingsworth and his lovely wife very much. In the afternoon a friend gave me Nigel Forde’s new poetry book,Trace Elements.