Cholmesbury-cum-St Leonards WI report
COLIN Lomas came to the April meeting to tell us about ‘The Fallen Genius’ Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
We learned about his architectural work, his work as a designer, and his lesser known later life as a water-colour artist and were shown thought-provoking slides of the designs of The Glasgow Four (as Mackintosh, his wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law were known).
Although he moved away from Glasgow after becoming disillusioned with architecture his work has now increased in awareness and popularity.
We look forward to a visit to the V&A in London later in the year, when Colin will guide us to the examples of CRM output held in the collections.
In May, the two resolutions going forward to the National AGM were debated and voted on. Our monthly competition table has varied themes and although we were few in number, there were lots of muffins to sample and enjoy. The ‘Pennies for Friendship’ raised each month go to the Associated Country Women of the World.
Members had been to our Group Meeting in Wendover, when Richard de Peyer from the Buckinghamshire County Museum had spoken, and had attended the County Annual Council Meeting in Aylesbury, which had also been an interesting day with good speakers.
Our next major event is St Leonards Parish Hall Fete, being held on Saturday June 4, and celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. There will be lots to see and do, and the WI will be selling cakes and providing teas.
Mrs Maud Grieve was the founder of a medicinal and commercial herb school and farm at Chalfont St Peter.
During the First World War she trained people in the harvesting, drying and preparation of medicinal herbs and in 1931 published a book called ‘A Modern Herbal’ which is still in print.
On Monday, June 20, Claire de Carle is coming to tell us more about this pioneering lady.