Che­sham Townswomen’s Guild

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MEM­BERS ar­riv­ing for the April meet­ing of Che­sham Townswomen’s Guild were greeted by the chair­man for this month, Pauline Bax­ter. She also wel­comed the af­ter­noon’s speaker, Ron White, an old friend of the guild whose talks are al­ways looked for­ward to.

Be­fore deal­ing with guild busi­ness Pauline had the sad task of an­nounc­ing the death of Frances Lock­yer, a long stand­ing mem­ber who had been in a nurs­ing home for some time.

Greta Thorne read out a de­scrip­tion of Che­sham Evening Townswom­ens Guild from 1994 when the mem­ber­ship was 60 odd mem­bers and took part in so many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ram­bling, drama,skit­tles and art and craft (which still con­tin­ues).

The fed­er­a­tion re­port for this month con­tained a re­minder about the com­ing birth­day party cel­e­brat­ing Her Majesty The Queen’s Birth­day,which will be an all day event.

Pat Se­mon took the jumpers and blan­kets knit­ted by the art and craft group with her when she went to Birm­ing­ham and had re­ceived a let­ter of thanks from Ham­lyn Fis­tula UK.

Head Quar­ters want the whole of Townswomen’s Guilds to join in Comic Re­lief this year, sug­gest­ing that the art and craft group knit comic char­ac­ters for which they will sup­ply instructions.

There will be a visit to the MS cen­tre at Hal­ton next month.

Pauline then in­tro­duced Ron White whose talk had been changed from “Grow­ing Up Is Hard To Do” to “Where Did It All Go Wrong?”. The rea­son for this be­came clear soon af­ter he be­gan his talk which cov­ered his own grow­ing up from early child­hood to when he be­came a young man.

He pro­duced pho­to­graphs the first of which was him­self at 18 months, and he won­dered where all those golden curls had gone along with the cheru­bic looks.

Born and brought up in Che­sham, he had seen many changes in life as well as in the town, and de­scribed how as a lit­tle boy he used to take rent of five shillings a week to the land­lord, and also take the wire­less ac­cu­mu­la­tor to get the acid topped up – a haz­ardous task. He was a pupil at Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School dur­ing the War and rem­i­nisced about wartime food – some­thing we of a cer­tain age all re­mem­ber.

Of course he did his Na­tional Ser­vice in due course, and then got a job on the Evening News. He mar­ried Ce­cily, his child­hood sweet­heart, and also be­come in­volved in singing which he loved and has car­ried on for 60 years.

His talk, which was full of hu­mour as al­ways,, kept every­one laugh­ing and Pauline thanked him for bring­ing back so many mem­o­ries. She was also un­kind enough to agree with the ti­tle but he seemed to en­joy the in­sult!

The raf­fle was won by Joan Gorham, Pat Gro­gan and Beryl Lee.

The next meet­ing on May 4 is at the Town Hall at 2.30pm when the speaker will be Alan Jarvis about St John Am­bu­lance. Vis­i­tors are most wel­come.

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