ALAN Lewis ably assisted by his wife Joy was the speaker for the first meeting of 2014. His talk was on the famous people and places of Staffordshire.
The members of the Gun Powder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament escaped to Holbeche House near Wolverhampton and the Sheriff of Worcester pursued them and surrounded the house.
Rather than be tortured they came out of the front door fighting and all but one was killed. The last one was injured and captured and sentenced to death. Charles 2nd hid in the oak tree in Boscobel house to escape the Roundheads and was later helped to escape south with the help of Jane Lane from Bentley Hall. Staffordshire.
He went on to people who had won the Victoria Cross and George Cross. One was Colin Grazier who recovered the Enigma Machine codes books from a German submarine after being torpedoed by HMS Hero he boarded the sinking submarine and with two other sailors helped recovering documents from the sinking vessel and drowning in the process thus helping to win the war in a shorter time.
He told us of Butterton known as a thankful village, because it lost none of the men who went to the 1914-18 war.
He went on to list the sportsmen and women Sir Stanley Matthews, Ray Reardon and Tessa Saunderson to name but a few.
The next meeting of Wootton WI is the Birthday Lunch at the Rose and Crown, Mayfield from 12.30pm on Tuesday, February 11. The March meeting on Tuesday, March 11 will be an open meeting at Ellastone Village Hall at 7.45pm when the speaker will be Chris Knight on ‘Auntie the War is Over’.
The price will be £1 including tea and biscuits.
Everone is welcome.