Ladies Group


June, our Chairman, opened the meeting with prayer and notices and we said The Grace
together. Ann Boulton thanked the group for their support, cakes and help with the
Preparation Day for next year’s World Day of Prayer which is appropriate as the services are
written by Christian women all over the world.
June then welcomed our speaker, The Reverend Eric Freeman, who has recently moved to
Oswestry on his retirement as an Army padre. His talk was about Woodbine Willie which
was a nickname for George Studdert-Kennedy who was an Anglican priest serving in the
First World War who was also a poet and, in the opinion
of our speaker, the best of the World War One poets.
Mr Freeman read his poem Waste and an extract here
just about sums up war… Waste of muscle, waste of
brain, Waste of patience, waste of pain, Waste of
manhood, waste of health, Waste of beauty, waste of
Woodbine Willie was heavily involved in Ypres and also
to be found in the front trenches even though padres
were forbidden to do so. He was nicknamed Woodbine
Willie for giving Woodbine cigarettes along with spiritual
aid to the injured and dying soldiers. He was idolised by
his men and on his very early death at the age of 46 in
1929 the streets of Worcester which was his parish were
lined with people who threw Woodbines at the hearse.
Tributes flooded in from all walks of life.
Mr Freeman read several other poems and it was a
particularly poignant and moving evening

Our next meeting will be on Monday December 2 nd when we welcome back Shirley Oakley with a flower demonstration. The Committee will provide some light refreshments as we will be meeting the following Monday December 9 th for our Christmas Dinner at the Derwen at 12.30 p.m. in the Orangery. Those members who have not given me their menu choice for the dinner or paid Mair £10 for the two course meal can we please have these within the next week so that we can make final arrangements with the Derwen.
Ann Sagar

We are always pleased to welcome new members to our monthly meetings and if you would like further information please contact Ann Sagar telephone 01691657903 or e mail

December 2 Members night - Shirley Oakley - flower arranging
January 6 Mark Hignett has invited us to join him at Oswestry
February 3 Annual Dinner
March 4 Annual General Meeting

A selection of photos from recent meetings.