Ladies Group

ST OSWALD’S LADIES GROUP

Our Chairman, June Williams, is sadly in hospital recovering from an accident and ensuing operation. We all send June our love, prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Ann Sagar conducted the business of the Group, Glenda Evison led us in prayers and we all said The Grace together.
Ann then welcomed Ruth Tamms to speak to us on a talk called Flushed with Pride! We were slightly taken aback when it turned out to be a history of lavatorial facilities starting with Skara Brae in the Orkneys Over 4,000 years ago, there were running water toilets in their stone houses. Not too sure about Roman communal loos to be found at Housesteads on Hadrian’s Wall, nor their sponges on sticks with running water. The next hundreds of years don’t seem to have been too savoury and if you were a wealthy Elizabethan you might have had a garderobe in your bedroom (picture of garderobe in case you wonder what it is!) Apparently clothes were kept in the garderobe because most clothes were made of wool and moths didn’t like the smell!
She described the following years and cheered us up with the fact that the 1851 Exhibition had the first public conveniences at 1d per person.
It wasn’t until the Great Stink of the River Thames in 1858 and Queen Victoria said that “something had to be done” that the sewer system in London was started. It was the invention of the U-bend that was revolutionary which we still have today. She then gave some very amusing anecdotes and was thanked for her entertaining talk by Glenda Evison.
The talk was followed by our “bring and share” Christmas buffet which was enjoyed by all. Happy
Christmas everyone!
Our trip to Mother Goose at Theatre Severn is Thursday 3 rd January and the bus will leave the Park Gates at 4.15 p.m. The performance will commence at 6 p.m.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 7 th January when we welcome Mrs. Liz Jermy to speak to us about the Foodbank.

January 7 - Liz Jermy - Food Bank

February 4 - Annual dinner

March 4 - Annual General Meeting

A selection of photos from recent meetings.