Holmer Green Evening WI
OUR July speaker holds the honour of having been mentioned on the TV programme Have I Got News For You.
This came about because of his collection of photographs of bandstands! Paul Rabbitt was talking to us about the history of British parks, and we will never view our local parks in the same light again.
Many of our parks began life as Royal hunting grounds, but eventually became freely open to the public, enjoying their heyday in Victorian times as pleasure gardens and entertainment areas – hence the bandstands.
They were very ornate, having sundials, bridges, fountains, glass winter gardens and statues.
A gradual decline over the following decades was halted by the lottery fund, which enabled parks to be rejuvenated into health and fitness areas with bedding plants, toilets and refreshment areas.
In August we will be having our usual footpath walk, secateurs in hand ready to trim the pathways.
This is followed as always by a fish and chip supper, attended by members and their guests. We would like to send our warmest congratulations to Madeleine and Don Want, who are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in July.