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Meeting on March 6th 2019
We don't usually report on our monthly meeting in this slot, unless they are somewhat different, and tonight's meeting definitely fell into this category. Tonight we greeted some very special visitors, of the feathered kind.
Steve Dewsnap, of Rockcliff Raptors, brought a selection of the owls which he keeps in his aviaries in North Wales, and after taking them out of their travel boxes, set them up on their individual perches, to which they were tethered. I am sure that the Methodist Church authorities would not have been too pleased if they had been allowed to fly freely around the room.
He introduced the owls to us individually by name, each one sitting quietly on his gauntleted hand. He had brought with him 5 different owls....a little owl, a tawny owl, a long-eared owl, a barn owl, and the biggest, a European eagle owl. We were absolutely fascinated to hear about the behaviour and natural habitat of these beautiful birds, and to be told about the history of each one . ( See the photos below. More may be added later.)
Following Steve's excellent talk, we were introduced to Caroline Stein, who had come along to represent the Kelsall PPG, ( patient participation group), to receive a cheque from us, as a contribution the Wellbeing Hub. Pat, our treasurer, presented Caroline with a cheque for one hundred and fifty pounds, money from the Coffee morning raffle, together with the ACWW money. Caroline thanked us, and talked to us for a short while about how the fundraising is going. She also encouraged us to consider buying a bond , if we haven't already done so. She also said that she had thoroughly enjoyed the owls, having come early especially to see them .
(pics by Anne T and Jill M )