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3:08pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in News
CAMERA CLUB: Our annual ‘Battle’ with Cookridge Camera Club was held this year at Cookridge and was won by our hosts. The judge was David Morland LRPS and the quality of entries was high. Highest score for a digital entry from Otley was given for Carol Hardy’s Worth a Look and our highest scored print was Valley of Desolation by John Hirst. Next week is our Pictorial Competition evening which will be judged by Bob Free. Please bring entries for next month’s Close Up Competition on Thursday at 7.15pm in the Otley Town Partnership Rooms on Mercury Row. New members and guests are welcome. For more information see otleycameraclub.co.uk.
BRIDGE CLUB: On Monday, February 25, seven tables played 28 boards. N/S 1st Mrs Banks & Mrs Savage, 2nd Mrs Biss & Mr Spencer; E/W 1st Mrs Holdsworth & Mrs Thompson, 2nd Mrs Bradley & Mrs Harfield.
BRIDGE CHURCH: Two new elders, Michael and Margaret Armitage, were elected at the Bridge Church AGM held last week and Fred Land and Colin Whitaker were re-elected. In her report the church secretary, Susan Richardson, highlighted the success stories of the year and the bringing into membership of eight new people recently. All these had been overshadowed by the tragic death of the Rev Tony Gardiner in December, a few weeks before he was due to retire in January this year. Church treasurer Andrew Howard was pleased to report that the financial target for sacrificial giving had been exceeded, thus enabling the church to cope with ever-increasing energy costs. It would be necessary to use reserves, however, to finance the cost of refurbishing the organ later this year, a sum of over £20,000 being involved. At the close of the meeting he presented Karen Gardiner with a retirement gift from the membership in the form of a cheque, as well as a painting entitled A View from the Manse from the elders. Mrs Gardiner expressed her thanks, not only for the gifts but for the love and support she had and was still receiving.