Mary Hoban presiding, welcomed members to the meeting of East Barkwith Women’s Institute held in the village hall and presented a birthday posy to Jeanette Davies.
She introduced Joy Liddle, a Street Pastor who organises the volunteers who work in Lincoln City Centre at the weekends and she gave an interesting and most informative talk on the way they help to ensure that the revellers get home safely in the early hours of the morning.
They patrol from 10pm to 4am offering a helping hand to those in need plus essentials including such as flip flops to replace unsuitable footwear, foil blankets to prevent the underdressed getting a chill, mars bars for those in need of nourishment and even dog biscuits as very often the homeless have a dog for company too. An experienced and entertaining speaker, Joy also related some of her experiences, sometimes emotional and answered many questions from her audience before being thanked by Mary Jordan. She was presented with the proceeds from the charity harvest produce auction sale held in September, a total of £150 as a contribution towards the valued work the Street Pastors do and accepted the invitation to join the members for the evening as the meeting continued. Tickets were distributed to the twelve members who were going to the Witham Group Autumn meeting at Washingborough and Kate Wright and Jean Best informed members of their forthcoming visit to the Women’s Institute College at Denman for the Lincolnshire weekend. Hostesses for the evening were Mo Fricke and Yvonne Bryson.