Cholmes­bury-cum-St Leonards WI re­port

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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.

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