Ellastone Monday Club
THE October meeting of the Ellastone Monday Club welcomed Mrs Beatrice Lance who came to tell how she became Chaplain to two of the local prisons Dovegate and Foston.
Persuaded by her church she apprehensively went on a visit to the prison and since then she has visited the prisons talking to the prisoners and helping them to settle in to prison life and helping them to come to terms with problems within the prison and with family problems.
All religions are represented - Church of England, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Sikh and many others.
Chaplains take services for groups of prisoners and help them to adjust when leaving prison in the hope that they will not re-offend.
She was thanked by Mrs Pam Shouksmith.
Mrs Jackie Chown and Mrs Betty Fradley served refreshments.
At the next meeting of Ellastone Monday Club on Monday, November 4 at 2.30pm in Ellastone Village Hall. Arrangements will be made for the Christmas lunch which is to be held on Wednesday, December 11 at the Rose and Crown, Mayfield.
The speaker for the meeting is Mrs Jill Bland.
AS YOU would expect, an organisation such as ours which has been in existence for more than 90 years, has collected a fair amount of archive material and from time to time it is referred to for information, inspiration or delectation.
As far as I know, we are the only WI who encourages each and every one of our members to write a pen picture portrait of themselves, including anything and everything they would like their friends to know about themselves and their lives.
These documents, along with, in many cases, a photograph of the author, is kept in a special folder and can be accessed at any time by anyone who is interested.
It was this practice which allowed us this month to say goodbye to Margaret Finney who has died, in a particularly fitting way by reading out an account of her life in her own words before singing ‘Jerusalem’ in her memory, just as she had done so many times before during a long and useful life as a WI member.
It was an evening of nostalgia as Joanne Carter took centre stage, suitably dressed in Victorian costume to tell us about the life of a Ladies’ Maid - Downton Abbey style.
Her talk was fun, gossipy and informative as she recounted the secrets of both her work and the aristocratic ladies who would have employed someone like her in the mid 19th Century.
She graphically described the agonies of steel stays, which must be worn at all times to ensure the desired 18 inch waist which not only prevented the wearer from eating, but gradually displaced all internal organs thus shortening the unfortunate ladies’ lives and put unborn babies at appalling risk.
It is fair to say that none of us ladies that night could boast an 18 inch waist, but at least we could all dress ourselves and we didn’t have to write a note to our husbands to say that corsets had been removed and we would be pleased to ‘entertain them in three months time, when our internal organs had had a chance to settle into their proper places.
Some things are better left in the past, don’t you think?
Norbury and Roston WI
RELAXING music played on recorders is perhaps not what you expect if you cast your mind back to school lessons on descant recorders producing a harsh, hard-on-the-hearing tune.
The October meeting took us on a very enjoyable musical journey from medieval times to the 20th century.
Extra large instruments up to 6ft high were played and explained as we listened to tunes such as Greensleeves, hymns played in the round and music the Victorians would have played on a large variety of instruments and recorders.
Jean and musician friends of Stanton Waits Recorder Ensemble were thanked for a very special musicical meeting.
A short report was given on the Derbyshire WI’s Autumn Federation Meeting held earlier in the day at the Assembly Rooms, Derby.
Four members spent the day listening to Derek Mapp, High Sheriff of Derbyshire, Nicola Dolby of Safe and Sound, Derby, Peter Lien from Denman College Cookery School and Pru Leith CBE, caterer, cookery writer, broadcaster and businesswoman.
Around 1,300 Derbyshire WI members attended and enjoyed all the speakers, competition awards and seeing friends from other areas.
Tuesday, November 5 will be the AGM, when the competition is for homemade Parkin.
Christmas cards, wrapping paper and plants will be for sale.