AT a meeting on January 9 meeting Ben Rhydding WI welcomed John Rhodes from Mercy Ships, a charity which funds a fully equipped hospital ship which travels around the coast of Africa.

John gave an interesting and thought provoking presentation highlighting the work carried out by dedicated volunteers and the huge benefits provided.

He was accompanied by Iris Rhodes and Andrea Neale, an ex volunteer nurse, who were available for members’ questions.

The competition “Maritime Memorabilia” winners were: first - Margaret Wilson, second - Lorna Dornoch and third - Betty Noble.

Next month’s guest is Sue Raffo from Chevin Hand Bell Ringers.

The meeting takes place on Thursday, February 13 at 2pm at Ben Rhydding Methodist Church Hall. Guests are welcome for entry of £4.

For more information about Mercy Ships visit