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» At our Oc­to­ber meet­ing we had a fas­ci­nat­ing talk by Diane Humphreys and Fred Ward about pup­pets of the world.

We all know pup­pets from our child­hood and from the tele­vi­sion but there are far more dif­fer­ent types of pup­pets from all parts of the world.

Diane and Fred started their col­lec­tion sev­eral years ago and it has grown by way of do­na­tions from friends and pup­pets they have bought on their world travel.

They started with glove pup­pets that we all know so well: Sooty, Emu, Lam­b­chop.

These were fol­lowed by string pup­pets, planchette pup­pets, water pup­pets and many more types.

We were treated to some pho­tos and ex­am­ples of some re­ally in­ter­est­ing pup­pets from coun­tries like Java, Ja­pan and China.

Some pup­pets are very in­tri­cate and del­i­cate in their out­fits, while some are sim­ple but ef­fec­tive.

Diane and Fred gave us a short per­for­mance of shadow pup­pets as an ex­am­ple of the lat­ter.

Dur­ing the talk we were made aware of the im­por­tance of pup­petry in world cul­tures both now and through­out his­tory.

The fee for this talk was do­nated to heart and can­cer char­i­ties.

Our Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 28 meet­ing has a talk by Dr Frances Wil­son-copp en­ti­tled 10 Great Mas­ter­pieces of the World.

Frances is con­tin­u­ing a re­ally in­ter­est­ing talk she gave us last year.

This is for ev­ery­one not just for art lovers.

Vis­i­tors are more than wel­come; we make a small charge of £3. The talk be­gins at 7.15 in High­bury Church, 3 Pri­ory Walk.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to glouces­ter­shire­townswomen.org

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