Archive for May, 2014

By Margaret:  In this centenary year of the start of the First World War, it seemed particularly appropriate for Glossopdale Womens’ Institute to invite Nigel Dunkerley to talk to them about the battlefields of the Somme.  Nigel explained that his interest in the subject had been aroused by accident when a car breakdown on a holiday in France meant that he had an enforced stay in northern France awaiting spare parts to be delivered.

It was a life changing breakdown – since then he has studied the history and personal stories, particularly of the Somme, and takes tours to the area.  His photographs showed many of the sites as they were during the battle and the calm rural landscape that they present today.  The seemingly endless rows of graves in the many war cemeteries, from the small to the immense, that are scattered around the area were particularly moving, especially for those members who had family members who had suffered there.

The next Meeting is on Wednesday 18th June at the Labour Club when Barbara Davenport will be talking about her life in music.  All ladies are very welcome to come along and meet us all.

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By Joan:  In May 2014 several of our members visited Dunham Massey Hall which was recreated as  Stamford Military Hospital. It was one of the many hospitals created to treat wounded of the First World War.  Each room told stories of real patients and staff with actors providing an insight into the human side of the hospital.  The visit was interesting, but left you feeling emotional, horrified and amazed, but most of all proud of what these soldiers, staff and families went through.   It was nice to follow this visit with a walk through the beautiful grounds.

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