Memories by candle-light

BPW MORPETH’S International Night was enjoyed this year by members of several women’s organisations from Morpeth and the surrounding areas, including one club from Newcastle.

President Hilarie Tucknott welcomed everyone to the meeting, including BPW’s National President Sue Ashmore, who is also a member of the Morpeth club.

At the beginning of the week Sue had unfortunately badly damaged her foot, which was encased in an enormous ski boot, rather than in plaster. Sue took members and guests through a shortened candle-lighting ceremony when all BPW clubs throughout the world were remembered. She then read the International Collect.

The speaker, Sarah Moon from Christian Aid, gave an interesting talk on the changing roles of women since the Second World War.

She related the story of a Cambodian lady farmer called Sar Ren, who started her farm with one pig and with the help of the village bank she now has six businesses, has become the village leader and can stand up for her rights. This was the changing role for one woman, showing how poverty can start to be eradicated in this modern world. Men and women must work together towards this aim and make it possible to eradicate poverty. The three key words to achieve this are money, volunteering and prayer.

After much happy and noisy conversation and a buffet supper, Hilarie thanked everyone for coming to BPW’s International Night and wished them a safe journey home.

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