Archive for June, 2014

Buxton3By Sara Jayne:   Glossopdale WI members were in Buxton on 19 June 2014 to celebrate the arrival of the Centenary Baton, which is being relayed through every county and island federation in England and Wales in advance of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ Centenary in 2015.  Derbyshire’s week to host the baton came one-third the way through its travels through England and Wales.

In Derbyshire Federation [pdf], the baton has been fired over Creswell Crags, heard an organ recital in Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire church, met the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, seen The History Van serve up Suffragette lunches, been passed between members representing 10 decades of the WI at Long Eaton Carnival, made an appearance at the Derbyshire County Show, wound its way through several other villages and towns, and was handed off to Staffordshire Federation at the National Arboretum.  It travelled over 200 miles through Derbyshire in its 8 days here!

At this celebration in Buxton, we brought picnics and celebrated the camaraderie of the WI while we awaited the baton’s arrival.  We enjoyed the festive atmosphere created by our bunting, banners, sashes, hats, and also the Tideswell Male Voice Choir, which was in top form!  The baton arrived from Chesterfield on a vintage tractor, and was handed to the longest-serving member of Chinley WI, the oldest WI in Derbyshire, on the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens.  The Town Crier read a proclamation about the event, and of course, we sang Jerusalem.

A good day was had by all – looking forward to the next one! 😉

By Margaret:  Barbara Davenport was the speaker at the last meeting of Glossopdale Womens’ Institute.  She talked to Members about her passion for singing, that has lasted throughout her life.  Concentrating mostly on her childhood  she told members how,  at 5 years old, she was determined to be the girl chosen to sing Papa Picolino at a school performance.  A little older she was heartbroken when another girl was chosen to perform, but delighted when her rival developed chickenpox at the last moment and she got her chance to perform in public.  She  revelled in the applause which resulted  – and had to be forcefully removed from the stage by a teacher in the wings!

Lively, amusing and illustrated by excerpts from many of her songs, she kept Members entertained throughout her talk.  To the disappointment of her coach, she decided against making a career in music, but it has remained a large part of her life.  Presently she is establishing a choir from Women’ Institiute ladies from all the local Institutes who just enjoy singing and several Glossopdale Members who have attended could confirm how enjoyable it is.

At their next meeting on Wednesday 16th July at 9.30 am  at the Labour Club, members will be going much further afield when Pat Alker talks to them about the Silk Road in Uzbekistan.  All ladies are welcome to come and share in the experience with us.