By Margaret:  The speaker at the last meeting of Glossopdale Womens’ Institute was Pat Alker, who told Members about her trip to Uzbekistan.  The famed Silk Road from China to the West was, in fact, a series of journeys, with goods being sold and bought at various stages across central Asia.  What we now know is that Uzbekistan comprised  a number of independent khanates, some of the most significant of which were Tashkent (now the capital), Samarkand  (the main base of Tamerlaine, Bukhara, which at one stage was largely destroyed by Genghis Khan as his Mongols swept across Asia) and Khiva.  The latter is now basically preserved as a museum while the others are still thriving cities in the modern state.  We saw pictures of local people, the Uzbeks, dressed in black whilst the other major ethnic group in the country, the Tajiks, wear much more brightly coloured clothes.  Pat explained that she gives her various talks as part of her attempts to support a small school at Dukem in Ethiopia and her talk started and ended with pictures of the children in their recently acquired uniforms, smiling broadly as Pat and her husband paid one of their regular visits to the school.

The next regular meeting of Glossopdale WI will be at 9.30a.m. on Wednesday 17th September, at the Labour Club when Joan Newton will be introducing us to the art of pressing flowers.  All ladies are welcome to come and join us.