Ladies Group

ST OSWALD’S LADIES GROUP

A minute’s silence was held to remember our member Ann Jones, one of our stalwart
members, who had recently died and ended this with the Grace. We also remembered
Derek Owen husband of one of our members whose funeral it would be the next day.
June read a long list of events in the coming weeks and asked for help for several of them
and it was decided to make enquiries about afternoon tea at the Derwen College for our
July meeting.
We were then introduced to one of our members, Pat Edwards, who talked to us about “Oils
in the Home”. She had prepared an extensive display of oils and herbs for us to see and
talked about the use of plants, as well as wood and thatch being used by humankind for
thousands of years. Rhiannon read a folk story of a family of Jones from the 17 th century
who were practitioners of medicine and bonesetting - possibly using comfrey (or the
country name of knitbone). She described uses today of pot pourri, drawbags for clothes to deter moths and to make them smell good. She talked about clothes over the ages and the difficulty of washing them so they must have smelled really bad! An interesting snippet was that Elizabethan ruffs were stiffened not with starc has we know it but with bluebell juice! It was supposed that people seemed to be immune from the plague if they worked with leather - especially glovemakers.
She described the distillation of plants creating essential oils which are very powerful and
not to be used directly on to the skin and gave many tips using herbs, oils and lemon. It was
a fascinating talk and very much enjoyed.
Our next meeting will be on Monday June 3 rd at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Centre when we
welcome our speaker, Liz Jermy, who will speak to us about fostering.

Ann Boulton

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 ann_sagar@btinternet.com.

 

PROGRAMME FOR THE YEAR 2019/2020
June 3 Liz Jermy - Fostering
July Outing
August No Meeting
September 2 - Joan and Michael Windwood - Prison Fellowship
and the work that is done in H M P Berwyn.
October 7 Ann Boulton - St. Oswald’s Stuff!!
November 4 Eric Freeman
December 2 Members night - Shirley Oakley - flower arranging
January 6 Mark Hignett has invited us to join him at Oswestry
Museum
February 3 Annual Dinner
March 4 Annual General Meeting

A selection of photos from recent meetings.