On May 31st we started with a number of riddles to exercise our “little grey cells”. Then we welcomed Anthea who gave us a talk on My Life in Teaching. Born in Birmingham Anthea already knew that she wanted to be a teacher from a very young age. On finishing her studies at the Teacher Training College in Furzedown, London, Anthea went to a village school in Upper Dicker, West Sussex to teach twenty-two 5 to 7 year-old children and told us stories from her fond memories. We then heard of her experience at the Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore teaching children in the long term stay ward, some in traction, some bed bound or in wheelchairs. At this very difficult time in their young lives it was amazing how brave and positive they were. After Anthea had children of her own, she moved to Friern Barnet and taught, and her children attended, Holly Park School. In retirement Anthea still teaches by helping children with learning difficulties.
On Thursday 13th June we had heavy rain but were cheered by a Craft Afternoon creating colourful greeting cards. Sending someone a handmade card, personal and unique receives a tremendous response and we had terrific results. Everyone took home two to send to family and friends. We were able to enjoy the company and laughter which comes with peace of mind and fellowship. Our Women Through History spot reflected on the recent 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Mother, daughter, Spy was the story of Odette Sansom who worked in the France Section of the Special Operations Executive from 1942 as a British Agent; she was captured, tortured, imprisoned but survived the war and was awarded the George Cross in 1946. A second memorable name is Lieutenant Violette Szabo, a French-British undercover secret agent who did not survive the war but was awarded the George Cross posthumously. She was made famous by the film “Carve Her Name with Pride” starring Virginia McKenna as Violette.
June 27th was a gorgeous sunny day and our Art Afternoon produced some bright and joyful pictures. Some ladies chose to colour their choice from an Adult Colouring Book while others bravely painted straight to the blank sheet. Our Women Through History spot focussed on Twiggy who will be 70yrs in September this year and was made Dame Lesley Lawson in the Queen’s honours. Born and raised in Neasden she became “The Face of 1966”. She is a model, actress and singer and since 2005 has modelled for Marks & Spencer launching an exclusive clothing collection for M&S women’s range.
We completed our afternoon with cakes and tea. We meet again on 11th July for our Games Afternoon. Why not join us.
After the Easter break, we opened on Thursday 2nd May for a Bring & Buy, a quiz and tea and cakes from Anthea who was celebrating her birthday. Our next meeting was 16th May when we tried our hand at weaving with wool into a mug mat or just an example of what can be accomplished with different weights of wool in a variety of colours. Very good for exercising the hands, calming and satisfying and we were able to chat at the same time. We are looking forward to a talk from Anthea of her memories of many years teaching at Holly Park School, that’s on 30th May. In June we will have a Craft Afternoon with “Iris Folding” for greeting cards and then a Games Afternoon. Check the Diary page.
We often incorporate a memory quiz into our afternoon to exercise those little grey cells. We also remember women through the decades who have made such a difference in science, medicine, policing and so on. All have been accomplished by strong minded women overcoming obstacles with patience and determination.
Do join us for an interesting afternoon and an opportunity to make new friends.