Tuesday 10th February at 7.30pm
Hearing Dogs for the Deaf -
introduced by Denise Taylor
Visitors are very welcome.
Don't forget our visit to the House of Commons on Friday 27th February! Any questions contact Christine. We still have space on the coach....
January Meeting: Flying High
Our January meeting was an insight into the role of women pilots in World War II. John Whitfield ( known to many in the village through his WEA classes) talked enthusiastically about these daring women working in a male orientated environment. The women worked for the Air Transport Auxiliary (A.T.A.) which in turned worked for the R.A.F. but was not part of the R.A.F. They would deliver new planes and take damaged planes for repair. As they navigated by land sight, poor weather was their greatest danger. This was the cause of Amy Johnson's tragic death in the Thames when she had to bail out of a plane in thick fog. The A.T.A. did not train pilots so all the women had learnt to fly before the war. When you consider that lessons, pre 1939, cost £18 per hour at a time when shop workers earned £3 per week. This tells us much about the social standing of these "Ladies".
As usual we had a question and answer session followed by refreshments and time for a catch up with friends, old and new.
December Meeting: 'Merrie England'
In December we had a festive evening as we were taken back to 'Merrie England' and a taste of the Twelve Days of Christmas in the 17th Century, by our speaker Janice Moulds a volunteer at the National Trust property Woolsthorpe Manor. We learnt that we would be likely to be eating swan and mutton, although turkey was being enjoyed by royalty. Minced pies would be filled with mutton and beef as well as raisins and sultanas, and illustrations of Father Christmas would show him dressed in green.
Did you know that they actually did make pies with live birds in? The lids were pre-cooked and then placed over the birds so when the lid was taken off the pie the songbirds would flutter out, extinguishing the candles used for lighting! The servants would then parade into the dining hall with banquet food!
We enjoyed a superb 'faith' supper of festive 'goodies' washed down with a glass or 2 of wonderful mulled wine specially created by Irmgard.
October Meeting: 'A Creative Christmas'
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