The Annual Lunch and AGM for the NE Branch is to be held as usual at the Bar Convent in York on Saturday 23rd March 2013. 20-30 members and guests gather in a very convivial atmosphere to enjoy a 3-course lunch followed by a brief AGM and a guest speaker. In 2012 we were entertained and informed by Denise Bates (Sharpe 1978) who spoke about her new book Pit Lasses: A History of Female Miners in the 19th century. Denise's research was sparked by the discovery, while looking into her own family tree, that one of her female ancestors had been a miner. The speaker for 2013 is yet to be announced. Watch this space! For more details about the lunch or the branch please contact Gillian Pickford (Atkin 1979) email: gillian(at)pickford25.karoo.co.uk.