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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Seascale WI

THE president, Mrs Judy Hall, welcomed members to the March meeting. She announced that a few of the members were not present owing to illness.

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show time: The cast of The History Boys arrive at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

The people who had attended the lecture Sunflowers at Muncaster at The Beacon had enjoyed it very much. Prior to the lecture they had had lunch at the café at The Beacon, which had made it a very pleasant outing.

Mrs Hall said that she had been in touch with Muncaster Castle about the WI going for lunch and an afternoon talk by Peter Frost-Pennington later in the year and reported that it could be arranged; Friday, November 30 was agreed upon as a good day. This would be confirmed.

Mrs Hall said that the WI had offered to do some of the refreshments at St Cuthbert’s Flower Festival during the May Bank Holiday, May 4 to 7. The offer had been taken up and said that the Sunday afternoon between 2 and 4pm was the time allocated. Offers of food, help etc would be taken at the next meeting.

Payment for the theatre trip on April 18 is now due. Mrs Hall said it would be appreciated if members could pay as soon as possible and confirmed that the coach would be leaving the village at 11am to give time for lunch at Keswick before the performance.

The Seascale librarian was asking for memorabilia and photographs of events that had taken place since 1952 as they were planning to have a display for the Diamond Jubilee. Mrs Hall said she had a few photographs of WI activities but was asking if anyone had other items. If so, they could be taken to the library.

Two members initially had said they would like to take part in the NFWI challenge Big Walk, Little Splash.

The speaker for the evening was Mrs Rosalind Downing who gave an extremely well performed presentation on the Baronet Sir George Downing, who she said, had no relationship to her husband but that it had been thought, at one time that there might have been. She said that George Downing had lived a remarkable life. He had been born in Dublin, educated in Massachusetts, a parliamentarian regimental chaplain during the English Civil War, a Cromwellian MP and envoy to both France and the Netherlands and was finally a Restoration MP, ambassador to the Netherlands and financial reformer. She said he was possessed of extraordinary energy, ruthlessness and ambition and that his rise from obscurity to wealth and power was meteoric and his unscrupulousness was notorious. He had married into the Cumbrian Howarth family at Naworth. Downing Street is named after him but Downing College, Cambridge, is named after his grandson the 3rd Baronet. The Baronetcy died out when the 4th Baronet died in 1764. Mrs Allison Hanshaw thanked Mrs. Downing for a very informative and interesting talk.

The competition for a self-embroidered tablecloth was won by: 1, Mrs Todhunter; 2, Mrs Hall and 3, Mrs Davnall.

The president, Mrs Judy Hall, welcomed members and two visitors to a lovely sunny February afternoon meeting.

Four of our members had attended Silecroft WI’s party on January 25 and said that it had been a most enjoyable evening and that the singers had been excellent. Two members of the WI were invited to attend the forthcoming party at Waberthwaite WI, two people said they would be pleased to go.

Mrs Hall announced that £38 had been collected on the hospice stall held last month and said that more money would be added next month as the speaker had suggested we give a donation to a charity in lieu of her fee.

There was to be a flower festival at St Cuthbert’s Church, Seascale, during the May Bank Holiday weekend. The WI had offered their help and been asked to supply food for the refreshments.

The speaker for the afternoon was Bill Myers whose talk was entitled West Cumbria in Picture Postcards. The slideshow gave us a delightful view of the area from times past and Mrs Barbara Armstrong, who proposed the vote of thanks, said that the messages on the back were almost more interesting than the photographs on the front of the cards. The competition for an old postcard was won by Mrs Barbara Armstrong and second was Mrs Pat Batty and third Mrs Maureen Eccles.

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