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25th Mar, 2015

Meet The Member Leanne JCI Barnsley
by Fiona Silvester on March 25, 2015 19:33

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This week we are lucky enough to meet Leanne from JCI Barnsley.

Which chamber are you a member of?
I am a member JCI Barnsley.

How long have you been a JCI member?
I have been a member since October 2013.

What made you join?
I first meet Charlie Pearson and Ben Hawley (then President and Deputy) at a local networking event. I took away their cards and started following JCI Barnsley on social media. Over several months I attended a few events and decided to join after a New Members Evening helped me realise I wanted to be more engaged with the local community and gain new skills while meeting like minded people.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
The most interesting JCI event I attended was the JCI Barnsley annual dinner in January this year. I participated in 'J Club 9' - even though being on stage fills me with dread! I was also awarded with Most Outstanding New Member. Probably not interesting in the traditional sense but it was interesting to me to notice the difference in myself gradually becoming less shy over my time as a member - the wine may have had something to do with it though!

Has JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
I think the most interesting event is yet to come with JCI Barnsley hosting the National Conference in November as it'll be the first time I'll be attending a JCI event on a large scale.

 

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What is your job/career/profession/business?
I am a Marketing Executive at a West Yorkshire law firm with a background in content writing and journalism.

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
Career wise JCI has given me the opportunity to speak with Greg Wright, Deputy Business Editor of the Yorkshire Post. At the event I got my workplace into the paper and picked up some press release tips. I'm also attending the Marketing Academy and my employer is expecting me to come back brimming with new ideas! In January I became the Marketing Director for JCI Barnsley and hopefully I can continue to transfer my professional skills to this role and things I learn as part of JCI to my career.

What's your proudest achievement?
My proudest achievement is doing a job I love as life's too short to do one you hate. I'm proud of the fact I actively looked for and found freelance then permanent work (that's what I was doing at the networking event were I met Charlie and Ben). Going to my first networking event was a personal challenge as I lacked confidence in talking to new people.

What is your favourite colour of socks to wear?
I don't think I own a pair of socks that's just one colour! They all have things like cupcakes and polka dots on them.

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
The craziest thing I've done is a reverse bungee job. I saw it in a pub car park on my drive home from work one Sunday afternoon and just thought why not. I'll admit to being scared when I thought my shoe was going to fly off and hit something/someone but overall I loved it!

Thanks Leanne.  I'm looking forward to national convention already :)

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18th Mar, 2015

Meet the Senator - Elaine Senior
by Fiona Silvester on March 18, 2015 12:59

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It's time to meet another one of our Senators.  Today I have the pleasure of introducing Elaine Senior from my home chamber JCI Rotherham.

Name: Elaine Senior

Senator number: 55872

When did you first join JCI and which chamber were/are you a member of?
I first joined Rotherham Junior Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 1986

Why did you join JCI?

Well there I was, at work, dressed as a pig when a customer I knew said 'that costume would be brilliant for our visit to the children's ward at the hospital this Christmas, can we borrow it?'  The costume in question was the NatWest pig - Sir Nathaniel Westminster - and, of course, as a valuable piece of marketing we couldn't just let anyone have it.  I asked a bit more and found out that this organisation that Peter belonged to did a project where they visited those children who wouldn't be going home for Christmas and handed out comics, sweets and other goodies all while dressed up.  They took an instamatic photo of each child, with their favourite character(s) and stuck it in a card for their parents.

I asked the bank if I could take part, using the pig suit and was given the green light.  On that fateful Saturday afternoon, I met up with the 5 or 6 other members of this weird group I'd never heard of and we did our thing around the hospital.  Two things to say about that day - firstly I'm glad I had a huge foam head on - they couldn't see my tears as I sat with these critically ill children; secondly that I met 6 people that day who I consider to be lifelong friends, people who have seen me grow and blossom in to the confident person you all know (the other one, sadly has since passed away).

Of course, they also did a marketing job on me and invited me to their next meeting - I went along and got hooked.

 

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Elain visiting Yorkshire Regional Dinner in Boston in 2011.

Do you recall the moment you were awarded a Senatorship and can you explain why you were nominated for a Senatorship?

Vividly!  I was Regional Group Chairman for Yorkshire and Rotherham JCC were hosting the Regional Conference.  We'd had a great day - amazing speakers and training sessions and a wonderful banquet.  It came to the Awards and my two Awards managers - Nigel Bentley and Sarah Whittle - were doing a grand job, my only duty being to hand out the relevant trophy with a hug and kiss.  I'd been told that Sarah had been nominated for a Presidential Recognition pin and, to keep it secret from her, the certificate was wrapped up.  In due course, the Deputy National President, Keith Bottomley was invited to the podium to present this certificate - to Sarah.  I was holding the wrapped certificate as he started to speak.During his commendation I kept thinking, ah haven't we done some similar things - as indeed we had done - and then, very slowly, it began to dawn on me that he wasn't talking about Sarah at all.  I glanced at her, at Nigel, at my (then) partner, and at a few others - they were all grinning and my partner, Stuart was getting me in focus on his camera.

When Keith got to the high point and announced my Senatorship, I was completely, absolutely and irretrievably dumb-struck.  My acceptance speech went along the lines of 'oh, um, ah, err well, um, ah, whaat? Errrrr, oh' until finally Stuart said 'sit down, shut up!' and I complied.

You'd have to ask the members who nominated me, but I guess it because  I've always done whatever I could, to the best of my abilities; I've stretched myself time and again in JCI; I've done things I never thought possible and tried to do it cheerfully.  I had attended local, regional, national and international events; I'd held 3 previous roles at Regional level and all the Council roles within JCI Rotherham.  I'm there when needed and will always have a go.

What does it mean to you to be a senator?

To be honoured by my peers was an incredible sensation.  For me, it means that I've done enough to be recognised, that people - not just any people, my friends - appreciate what I've done and are prepared to make that public and that I've now reached the point when I can support and mentor others.  It was by no means the end of my Chamber career, almost like a new beginning.

What do senators get up to?

There are Senate events most months and we also attend Regional, National and International events.  Most National & International conferences have a Senate programme where we are taken off on trips or visits.  Our own events vary from a weekend walking in the Dales; weekends visited places like Whitby; factory tours; attending plays and theatres and so on - all very social. 

Most Senate events will include a Senate Breakfast.  Folklore has it that two Senators, attending a conference in Australia, spent the whole evening catching up and missed the gala dinner.  Eventually, at some unearthly hour they made their way to the kitchens of the hotel and asked if there was any food available.  The staff were starting breakfast but were also conscious that there was some champagne and steak left over from the night before.  They offered the two guys a choice and they elected to have the full cooked brekkie, with a piece of steak on the side, swilled down with a glass (or two) of champagne - the Senate Breakfast was born!

All this is well and good, and what we also try to do is support our local Chambers and JCI UK in any practical way we can - attending events, presenting training sessions, helping with funding/sponsorship etc.  Many Senators also train at the National and International events.

 

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How can senators help JCI UK and its members?

As I've mentioned, there are many active Senators who will help out at the drop of a hat - speakers, trainers, factory visits, sponsorship, attending dinners to boost the numbers, providing links in to the business and civic communities, allowing the JCI members to use their networks or contacts.  We'll turn our hands to most things - without taking over!  Just ask.

What is/was your job/career/profession/business? 

When I started my JCI career, I was in local branch banking; because of the train the trainer events I attended with JCI, I became a trainer for two periods of time within the Bank and now I am a self-employed training consultant.

Did JCI have an impact on this?

Oh, yes.  I can, hand on heart, say that I would not be where I am today without the experiences, lessons learnt and friendships made in JCI.  Being a part of this organisation gave my skills, confidence and a motivation which I did not have before.

What's your proudest JCI/Senator achievement?

Meeting the Queen and Prince Phillip when they visited Rotherham - as local President I was invited to be part of the Civic welcome committee.  Standing with the Presidents of the Chamber of Commerce, the Round Table, the Rotary Clubs and the Chamber of Trade I can still hear Prince Phillip saying 'Oh, look - it's the 'chain-gang', whoff, whoff'. Also seeing my home Chamber relaunch after 10 years of being without a true 'home' - I was delighted to be involved and be able to offer support to the team.

 

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Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done:

White water rafting - as Regional Chairman I was told that I had to attend every Regional event and take part.  I have to say I have never been so scared in all my life.

And finally do you have any advice for our current JCI UK members?
Yes - commit to any task you are asked to perform and take on roles, challenges and tasks which you wouldn't ordinarily get to do; learn from everything you do; never use JCI to replace success at work - use it instead to build success outside the organisation - remember to blow your own trumpet when you've succeeded in something; your boss won't know unless you tell them.

Thanks Elaine!

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17th Mar, 2015

JCI Swindon Negotiation Skills Workshop
by Fiona Silvester on March 17, 2015 13:23

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JCI Swindon is going from strength to strength and has a great buzz on all social media about their range events.  Thanks to Ed Harris a potential JCI Swindon member we can hear more about their lastest event.

Negotiation Skills Workshop - 05/03/2015 (by Ed Harris, Financial Controller at Business West, Swindon)
On Thursday the 5th of March a negotiation skills workshop was held by the Swindon Junior Chamber.  The aim was to illustrate the importance of negotiation skills, and provide an opportunity to develop these skills.

The workshop was broken down in to three distinct parts; a talk from Bob Gaught about the importance of relationship building & negotiation skills, an introduction from Faisal about negotiation techniques and then role play by the workshop's attendees.

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Jurys Inn in Swindon where the event took place

Bob's Talk
Bob Gaught gave a brief talk about his career in sales in the printing industry, and the importance of good negotiation skills.  Bob mentioned the need to create, and maintain, good relationships and how this often formed the basis of success in business.

The emphasis on relationship building meant that as opposed to having a transactional approach to sales the chances if repeat sales were much higher.  This in turn could form the basis of sustainable business success.

 

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Bob presenting at the event

Faisal's Introduction
Faisal gave a brief introduction on negotiation techniques explaining what should be said and how it should be said.  In brief the need for an introduction, making the offer and closing the deal.

The point being that how things were said (tone of voice, body language etc) was often as important, if not more important, than what was actually said.  So the emphasis being upon how the message is delivered.

Role Play
The role play sessions looked at three different scenarios; hiring painters & decorators to redecorate an office, buying a car and a job interview.

In addition to being provided with the general scenario the participants were given parameters within which to work.  The objective being for each participant to maximise their respective outcomes and stay within their parameters.

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Some of the role playing scenarios

Conclusion
Bob's talk was very interesting as he was able to provide several real world examples as well the background to put it in context.  In particular his point that people should avoid relying on technology too heavily and that electronic communication should not entirely replace face to communication.

The role play sessions (and Faisal's introduction) were also very useful as it enable the participants to practice the skills discussed.  This helped further by the feedback provided by the other attendees as it gave the role play participants a fresh perspective.

One possible change would have been to have time to do more role play examples, but though it was still a very informative session.

If you would like to know more about JCI Swindon and their upcoming events you can email Faisal Mooraby: faisal.mooraby@jciswindon.org.uk

 

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16th Mar, 2015

Introducing the Feel Proud Award for 2015
by Drew Charman on March 16, 2015 21:24

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I'm very pleased to announce the introduction of a new award for this year - the Feel Proud Award. 

2015 Feel Proud Award certificate

This award is designed to recognise the valuable contributions of members and Senators to JCI UK throughout 2015. 

Individuals can be nominated by anyone during the course of the year.  The nominations should provide some evidence of how the work performed or the contributions made by the individuals has particularly furthered themselves, their chambers, the JCI UK organisation, or a combination of these!  Nominations should be submitted to myself and JCI UK's Administration Director, Fiona Silvester.  The National Board team will review and decide on all appropriate recipients.

Nominations should not be shared with the recipients - the award should come as a complete surprise to them when received.  The recipients will receive a Feel Proud Award certificate and a 100 Year pin (as pictured), and perhaps a little something else too!

100 Year pin

 

Drew Charman
2015 National President - JCI UK National Board
Senator #73605

Tel: +44 7730 594408
Email: drew.charman@jciuk.org.uk
Twitter: @JCI_Drew

 

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11th Mar, 2015

Meet the Member - Amy Melody (JCI Sheffield)
by Fiona Silvester on March 11, 2015 08:47

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce our next Meet the Member (#JCIUKMTM) Amy Melody, JCI Sheffield Membership Director.

Which chamber are you a member of?
JCI Sheffield

How long have you been a JCI member?
15 months

What made you join?
I had recently moved back to Sheffield and didn't know many people, after speaking to my colleagues they told me JCI was a great way to meet new people, develop my own personal skills and take advantage of great training opportunities.

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
I attended one at my chamber just recently with a gentleman called Russell Hobbs called Develop to Succeed and it was absolutely fantastic - gave me a different perspective!

 

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Amy promoting National Convention in Barnsley

 

Has JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
I did my first sleep out with JCI Sheffield which was unusual and very interesting...It was something which I was excited and anxious about...at then at 3am all you can think about is the cold and how you only have to do it for one night, but for some people out there it's every night.

What is your job/career/profession/business?
Press Officer

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
JCI has really helped me develop my confidence and apply that to different aspects of my job.

What's your proudest achievement?
Completing 9.5miles in 1hr 30mins - I'm a novice runner and that was an achievement, soon to be beaten by a half marathon though!

Who's your favourite band/artist?
It's a toss up between Sex Pistols and the Rolling Stones

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
I trekked the Ugandan jungle in search of gorillas...and we ended up being surrounded by a whole family. It was amazingly surreal.

Thanks Amy!

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10th Mar, 2015

Next Stop: Malta
by MichaelSteel on March 10, 2015 13:55

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8th Mar, 2015

European Presidents Meeting 2015
by Sarah Beckwith on March 8, 2015 10:10

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Just as JCI UK has its annual kick off event "Inspiration Day" at the start of the year, the European level of the organisation also runs an event to prepare national presidents and their deputies for what is to come in the year ahead.

This is why I found myself travelling to a place called Novi Sad in Serbia in February. Not a place I had ever heard of before or expected to go to, but this is not an unusual occurrence in JCI. And as with most international JCI events, the hospitality of the hosting nation was second to none. We received lots of very helpful information in advance and could feel the enthusiasm the members had for welcoming us to their city as soon as we were greeted at the airport and throughout our stay.

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A room packed full of delegates listening to an information session
 

The event involved a wide mixture of sessions and events:

  • World President Ismail Haznedar talked us through his plan of action and the initiatives being implemented thereunder.
  • We got a sneak preview of the latest skills development course: effective leadership.
  • An active citizenship framework session allowed different countries in Europe to identify and discuss similar issues they shared, including youth unemployment, lack of community spirit or care for the elderly. 
  • Open forums facilitated by the European Vice Presidents to discuss issues faced by national organisations & encourage sharing of best practice.
  • A networking event hosted by local government officials.
  • A fascinating free speech forum.
  • A "taste of Serbia" night, where we got to experience local food and drink.
  • A gala dinner with traditional Serbian entertainment.

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National President Drew Charman and I representing JCI UK at General Assembly
 

There really was a lot packed into three days, with us sometimes starting at 8am and still being in meetings at midnight! My personal highlights were getting to meet the other deputy national presidents of JCI Europe and being involved in my first international General Assembly (the decision making forum in JCI). I feel proud that JCI UK was involved in voicing opinions and became part of a subcommittee to put forward recommendations regarding an international programme.

At EPM I've experienced a new country, met new friends from all over Europe and seen the leadership of JCI working at a new level. I can't wait to continue my journey as JCI UK Deputy National President.

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JCI Europe Deputy National Presidents after our Deputies Training session

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7th Mar, 2015

Discovering JCI Brighton
by Sarah Beckwith on March 7, 2015 10:34

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I was delighted to be invited to deliver a Discover JCI session in Brighton, one of our newly relaunched chambers recently. The session covers what JCI is, the history of the organisation, the areas of opportunity and how to get the most out of your membership.

The evening started off with some networking and it was fantastic to see three former members of JCI Brighton had come along to show their support. There is a group of former members who still meet up twice a year - that is the depth of the friendships formed during their time as JCI members. We heard some of the history of the chamber, including one of their biggest projects of hosting the national conference in 1976. In JCI's 100th anniversary year it is great to reconnect with past members of JCI UK and collect information about our history.

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There were several potential members in the room, some of whom were back for their second visit. Lots of questions were asked and we got great feedback that they now understood a lot more about JCI and what membership has to offer. There was particular interest expressed in public speaking and debating sessions in the future.

JCI Brighton has an enthusiastic President in Avsar. As a chamber just starting out, there are exciting opportunities for members to really shape the chamber into what they want it to be and make a big impact in their local community.

Look out for details of forthcoming social and training events coming soon and get in touch with Avsar if you want to get involved.

Contact Deputy National President Sarah Beckwith if you would like to run Discover JCI in your chamber.

 

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5th Mar, 2015

Meet the Member - Victoria Odey (JCI Southampton)
by Fiona Silvester on March 5, 2015 15:10

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce our next Meet the Member (#JCIUKMTM) Victoria Odey, JCI Southampton Deputy President.

Which chamber are you a member of?
JCI Southampton

How long have you been a JCI member?
March 2014

What made you join?
My company Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

What is the most interesting JCI event you've been to and why?
I have experienced couple of networking events but the JCI Southampton Summerfest was my highlight FOR 2014 AND Inspiration Day for the first quarter of 2015.

Had JCI presented any unusual/interesting opportunities?
Yes, I think JCI has increased my leadership skills and professional abilities to forge strategic relationship with companies which would bring benefit to JCI Southampton.

What is your job/career/profession/business?
Business Growth Navigator

Has JCI had any impact on your job/career/profession/business?
My job is to provide best customer care and satisfaction to our clients. Being a governmental project on offering funding to SME'S in Hampshire I engage with a large number of businesses. The fact that I am involved in JCI, which is a multicultural network of divers business this impacted my communication skills and my confidence in.

What's your proVictoria JCI Southamptonudest achievement?
Personal - My family
Professional - I successful organised 3 Business match making events on a very large scale.
Educational - MBA Graduate in 2014

What is your favourite colour of socks to wear?
Purple

Tell us something crazy/dangerous/inspiring/unusual you have done
In 2004 I went on a 26hours train journey across Italy with stops in different cities with no MONEY. I haven't paid for the journey I worked my charm on the train conductors, inventing different reasons.

Here's a picture of Victoria in her 'modern centurion' get up posing ready for National Convention.  You can book for National Convention in Barnsley by going to www.jciuknationalconference2015.co.uk

 

Thanks Victoria!

 

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3rd Mar, 2015

Yorkshire RGC Update February
by CharliePearson on March 3, 2015 11:08

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February is a short month but JCI chambers in Yorkshire have defiantly managed to fit a lot in. This month members across the Region have learnt about self defence, sales, extempore, first aid, time management, the stars as well as meeting socially and networking! Members have even headed down to Marketing Academy in Birmingham. Busy bees!

During February I have been visiting council meetings I have been to Bradford, Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham with Leeds planned for next week. I love attending all kinds of events but it is at council or chamber meetings where you exactly what a chamber is up to,  what they have planned and get the insight into the type of chamber they really are. You can see what drives a chamber and the energy around the Region this year is really infectious. Sights seem to really be set high this year so I can't wait to see and attend some of the events that are coming up in the next few months.

As a Region we have also been anaysing the events that we put on to make sure they are meeting our members needs. We released a short survey out to members and I have to say I was really surprised by the response. We had twices as many members take part as I was excecting and their opinon will be vital in deciding what we do with our events. The survey is now closed and the Presidents and Deputies will have a chance to analyse the results before we discuss it as a Region later in the month. Watch this space for more details next month! 

JCI Yorkshire » Stargazing.jpgMy 'feel proud' Yorkshire chamber of the month is JCI Rotherham for having two sell out events in February as well as members attending events held by JCI Sheffield and JCI Barnsley, as well as members from other chambers attending their events. We also mustn't forget a brand new member taking the chamber pot when he attened a training session in Barnsley. 

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My 'feel proud' Yorkshire member of the month is JCI Sheffield's Ryan Pilkington.This month I have seen Ryan at

events held by JCI Rotherham and JCI Barnsley. Ryan has also been working really hard in Sheffield producing their magazine and always includes activities from outside Sheffield in the publication to share with the members, it is defiantly worth a read. 

Photo right - Ryan Pilkington at Insperation Day.

March looks set to be just as busy. Check out some of the events going on around the Region:

2nd to 20th - JCI Bradford Easter Egg Appeal 

9th - JCI Sheffield - CV and Interview Techniques Training

9th - JCI Doncaster - Planning Session

13th to 16th - JCI Sheffield - Twinning Visit

14th - JCI Barnsley - Tree Planting

19th - JCI Rotherham - Business Tour of Magna

23rd - JCI Yorkshire - Big Supper - held in Bradford

24th - JCI Sheffield - Street Dance and Drama Workshop

26th - JCI Barnsley - LinkedIn and Twitter Training 

27th - JCI Rotherham & JCI Sheffield - Safe@last Quiz

30th - JCI Leeds - Book Club

I know there are also dates being finalised in all chambers so make sure you keep an eye out on social media and local websites. 

With our first Regional event of the year is big supper, which will be held in Bradford on 23rd March. I am so excited to see the region come together and I can't wait to see you all there. Check out the event on Facebook and watch out for more details being on how to book released very very soon!

All the chambers in the Region are working so hard at the minute to make sure they are keeping standards high, as usual I will be out and about during March so I really hope to see you all somewhere soon. 

'Feel Proud Yorkshire' 

Charlie Pearson 

2015 Yokrshire RGC 

 

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