MALPAS E TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD: Mrs Beattie wished members and visitors a happy new year as she welcomed everyone to the January meeting.

It was an important evening for members as it was the culmination of 12 months' fundraising for our charities.

Treasurer Mrs Rae Williams gave details of how the £1,000 had been raised by holding raffles, sales tables, donations, and an amazing evening of music with Centre Stage.

There were two recipients this year, Newport Women's Aid and St Anne's Hospice.

The chairman introduced Ms Celia Fairburn, who told us of the aims of Newport Women's Aid, who provide temporary refuge for women and their children who suffer domestic abuse.

Established in 1975, it is an organisation run by women, serving women in the community.

Apart from providing refuge in two safe houses in the area, they give support as the women and children start to rebuild their lives. They work closely with many organisations and are grateful for all their volunteer workers.

Ms Fairburn was pleased to accept the cheque for £400.

St Anne's Hospice is well known in the area as part of St Joseph's Hospital.

Ms Vicky Williams said that it was opened in 1994 to fill a need for hospice beds.

There are ten beds, and holistic care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team - and the families are very involved.

Patients are admitted for symptom control and respite care, as well as care and support at the end of life.

It costs £1million to run the hospice, which is supported by fundraisers and volunteers. Ms Vicky Williams was delighted to receive a cheque for £600 from Mrs Beattie.

Following the business meeting, everyone enjoyed an excellent buffet provided by members.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 21, at 7.30pm, in the Community Centre, Pillmawr Road, Malpas. The speaker will be Mr Steve Taylor - My Life In Broadcasting.