Chesham Townswomen’s Guild
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.