Reports of Meetings for 2013

Annual General Meeting

President, Pam Taylor, reviewed the events and speakers that made 2012 such a memorable year for Eydon Ladies.

The AGM was followed by an informative talk on wine by Alan Watson (and a little bit of wine tasting went on as well!)

Our meeting in February will feature a talk by June Irani on her experiences as a Volunteer (should that be Games Maker?) in the Olympic Village at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Experiences of a ‘Games Maker’ at the 2012 Olympic Games – June Irani

This month we were treated to a talk by June Irani about working as a volunteer at the Olympic Village during the 2012 Olympic Games.

June was an inspiration to us all as she told of her experiences and how she will also be at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and is aiming to volunteer for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Secrets and Scandals of Canons Ashby

Laura Malpas was a brilliant speaker, who gave us a fascinating and lively talk on the ‘Secrets and Scandals of Canons Ashby’.

Laura kept everybody on the edge of their seats, even those who thought they knew all about the place. From the naughty Canons to recent discoveries – a hidden room – Laura guided us through the stories.

Eydon Ladies Get Crafty

April’s meeting was very well attended. We obviously have lots of members who like to have a go making something as this meeting involved making greetings cards with our very own Pam Taylor.

Great fun was had by all and even the least arty crafty members were able to produce a card which anyone would be very happy to receive.

Pam had brought lovely materials for us to use and showed us lots of examples of ways to use gift labels, wrapping paper and beautiful flowers punched from paint charts to make a range of cards.

“Murder Most Foul” – May’s ‘Miss Marples’ …

For our May meeting we all had to rack our brains to come up with alternatives for conclusions of the time or the reason for the brutal murder of John Paas in 1832, whose killer became the last man in England to be gibbeted – or was he a killer?, was there even a murder?, how much was down to the media of the time? Pat and Janet Courtenay gave us an interesting and very different evening.

Our next meeting is open to everyone, as we think there will be much interest in Digital Magic Memories, a Brackley based company who are expert at restoring old photographs no matter how scratched or damaged they are.

Digital Magic Memories

We welcomed Diane Partington to our June meeting, an amateur photographer whose hobby became her business. Digital Magic Memories involves the renovation of old or damaged photographs.

Diane brought some examples of the work she has done turning scratched and torn photos into beautiful ‘whole’ pictures again.

Pimms & Play

A fantastic evening was had by all the Eydon Ladies who turned up at the Sports Field to drink Pimms, play croquet and drink more Pimms (there was a plentiful supply).

The weather was wonderful, everyone was happy and Ritchie joined in to the amusement of one and all.

Thank you to the committee members who arranged everything and to Bob, Barry & Geoff for helping set up the croquet lawns and put away the equipment.

Join us on 21 August for our Open Meeting – a guided walk around Towcester with the Towcester & District Local History Society. Meet at the Eydon Village Hall at 6.45pm.

Exploring Towcester – Iron Age to Modern Day

It was a lovely evening for our trip to Towcester for a walk led by John Morris from the Towcester and District Local History Society.

John’s talk led us from the Iron Age to modern day Towcester with anecdotes from his boyhood. He also conjured up images of Towcester in the days of the railway when thousands of people would arrive for the races and walk up the High Street to the racecourse, the development of the Short-Ashby car in 1921, the numerous pubs and the old art deco cinema (which a couple of members remembered visiting – it closed in 1973).

Our September meeting is an illustrated talk by David Price on Courtesans.

Ladies and Courtesans

David Price gave us an excellent talk on the Parisian Courtesans of the 19th Century.

In Second Empire Paris, the courtesans were regarded with more fascination than ladies of the aristocracy – and they were often as rich and nearly always better dressed! Yet many were originally poor working-class girls who had caught the eye of rich gentlemen and so embarked on a career of pleasing men, being showered with gifts and money in return.

Many were highly intelligent and witty conversationalists, well versed in the arts, literature and politics – much more so than most “respectable” women of their day.

They were, in some ways, the feminists of their time, living life on their own terms rather than being wives who had children and ran a household but were excluded from the male world and had little knowledge of the world outside.

Our next meeting on 16 October is a members only Italian themed evening.

Italian Evening

We had an excellent turnout for the Italian evening and met in the cosy back room of the Village Hall with a lovely selection of antipasti, Italian music and quiz all put together by committee members.

Demonstration of Rural Crafts – Bert Manton

What a great evening we had with Bert Manton this month, ably assisted by his two WWOOFers – Julien, from France, and his travelling companion Michelle from Mexico.

Michelle looked beautiful dressed as a gypsy with her gypsy basket of handmade goods which Bert explained to us, after telling us that Michelle was his ‘fiance’. Apparently gypsy custom says that if a man invites a woman into his caravan and she enters voluntarily they are regarded as engaged. I don’t think he told Michelle this in advance!

Apart from his witty talk Bert also demonstrated some of the crafts such as making beautiful wooden flowers.

Bert had brought a selection of straw work, some of which he had made and some bought on his travels and gave us a brief talk on some of these items as well, including how to polish rye stalks to make into jewellery and other items. It was really inspirational to see these pieces of craftwork and good to see that people are still making them.

Christmas Meal at the Windmill Inn, Badby

We were made to feel really welcome and enjoyed an excellent meal at this local pub.

Our next meeting will be our AGM on Wednesday 15 January 2014 at 8.00pm in the Village Hall, followed by a talk entitled “A Brief History of Underwear” by Bea Underwood.