Chris opened the meeting by welcoming back 55 members and a couple of guests after the summer holidays. She compared the meeting to the start of a new school year with everyone dressed in new blazers, slightly too big and skirts which had yet to be rolled up and everyone with their new pencil cases. There were a couple of priorities; firstly Ali would be collecting names for the forthcoming supper at The Close and also names and menu selections for the Christmas Dinner. There was a collection box on the reception desk for anyone wishing to donate to Shelter Box for the various disaster areas. Shelter Box had provided a speaker in 2014 from Stroud.
As Lorna is away, Chris then introduced our speakers for the evening; Jill Ruiz and Friends from the Gloucestershire Waterways Museum. All the ladies were dressed in clothes relevant to life on the canals during the Victorian period. They all, in turn talked about aspects of life on a narrowboat. How the narrow waterways had been developed at the end of the eighteenth century and how by the middle of the 19th century, rail had taken a large proportion of their work. When the canals had first been developed the families stayed mainly on the land with the boats being manned by two or three men and a boy plus horse. However when the growth of rail impacted families were brought on board to man the boats, living in a space approximately 10 feet by seven. The ladies then described life on board, how they managed with very scarce amenities; how they made their homes using the roses and castles artwork, crochet white lace, rag rugs and ribbon plates to decorate their small living areas. Jill and friends then described their clothes, particularly the very distinctive bonnets which again were decorated with crochet lace but which had a stiff brim, to shelter from either bright sunlight or the rain and a three layered back piece which provided some protection when carrying heavy loads and from the elements. At the end of the talk, ladies were invited up to look at some of the exhibits the ladies had brought with them to the meeting. Linda Stokes then proposed the Vote of Thanks and the meeting adjourned for coffee.
We had great fun at our Boules evening on the 14th of August despite the unseasonal summer weather!!
The next meeting is on: Monday 9th October – Tears of the Dragon – with Frances Benton. Come along at 7:30pm to meet everyone!
A note from our President:
Apart from our monthly meetings, we enjoy each other’s company at many “extra curricular” activities. Do have a look at “What we do”.
We always welcome new ideas and new members. Please come along and meet us.
If you would like to find out more about us, contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org“
Meetings are on the 2nd Monday of every month at the
Dolphins Hall, New Church Street Tetbury, GL8 8DS