Wood­ley Women’s Club

The Wokingham Paper - - SOCIETY - MOLLY CHEESMAN

WELL, what a won­der­ful week we have had.

It be­gan with our meet­ing at the Oak­wood Cen­tre on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2 when we en­joyed a very nos­tal­gic evening as we were taken on a visit down mem­ory lane where we saw through a slide pre­sen­ta­tion how Read­ing has changed over the years.

The slides cov­ered the years from the 1960s to the 1990s and showed how Read­ing had changed with the build­ing of the IDR.

The first part cov­ered Cas­tle

Hill, St Mary Butts, Ox­ford Road and Hosier Street and we saw the de­mo­li­tion of all the in­ter­est­ing shops that we re­mem­bered plus the de­mo­li­tion of a huge amount of pubs, all now re­placed by large of­fice blocks and the Ring Road.

Then it was on to Southamp­ton Street, Co­ley Street, Lon­don Street and fi­nally The Or­a­cle.

Then on Fri­day, 83 of our mem­bers had the most won­der­ful af­ter­noon when we trav­elled by coach up to the Royal Al­bert Hall to lis­ten to the Royal Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra present their tribute to the great Bri­tish rock band Queen.

Ac­com­pa­nied by a spec­tac­u­lar light show the mu­sic be­gan with the fa­mous We Will Rock You which had us all clap­ping along and this was fol­lowed by many of Queens great­est hits which in­cluded Barcelona, Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, fin­ish­ing with We Are The Champions which once again had us all singing along with our arms in the air.

In be­tween the hits, we learnt the his­tory of Queen from its for­ma­tion to the sad death of Fred­die Mer­cury.

What a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to fin­ish off the week.

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, we will be hold­ing an­other Ta­ble Top Sale at the Cen­tre Stage in Wood­ley Precinct to raise money for our cho­sen char­ity for the year which is the Royal Berk­shire Hos­pi­tal Ul­tra­sound Scan­ner.

At our next meet­ing, our speaker will be Richard Bul­lock who will be talk­ing to us about the As­sas­si­na­tion of J.F.K.

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