Women’s Institute

A good proportion of our membership braved the rain and strong winds to attend this month’s meeting. We were joined by two from Marksbury who were given a warm welcome and we hope that they will decide to join us.
The opening rendition of Jerusalem was augmented by the strong voice of our speaker, Ian Cassie, who is a visitor services volunteer who travels the Country speaking about Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
The talk he gave us was entitled “From Launch to Re-launch”, covering the history of the ship from inception to the present day, including the passenger journeys it made to the USA, and later to Australia, following the discovery of gold.
The first English Cricket teams to travel to Australia, went on the SS Great Britain first in 1861, captained by H H Stephenson and in 1863, captained by George Parr,  the team including Mr E M Grace, brother of the better known, Mr W G Grace.
Tea and cakes followed, the cakes getting more moreish month by month and then the business meeting started with Jess in the Chair.
Since the last meeting, members had enjoyed an outing to Bowood House and gardens and also a walk based on  Wellow with lunch at the Fox and Badger. Three people had attended the National Conference in Bournemouth which they found extremely interesting and they look forward to next year when it is held at the Royal Albert Hall. Surely an occasion to don hats!