PITTVILLE TOWNSWOMEN GUILD
» 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