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Bosley W.I.

BOSLEY W.I. report – September 2019

Our September meeting was opened by President, Liz Tomlinson, who welcomed a well-attended evening.  A report was given by Liz who, along with Diane, our Treasurer, had enjoyed an invitation tea and tour afternoon at Capesthorne Hall. Thanks to the wonderful hospitality of Sir William and Lady Bromley Davenport.

Dorothy Gilman reminded everyone of the Cloud Group Supper at New Life Church on 26th November. Each W.I. to organise a table flower arrangement, each arrangement will be raffled later that evening.

Future events include the CFWI Autumn Meeting in October at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa when the speaker will be The Rev. Kate Bottley of Radio 2’s “Good Morning Sunday” programme.

Plans are also in hand for our Christmas lunch which this year will be at Heaton House, Rushton in December.

The speaker for our meeting was Jane from Little Moreton Hall who gave a fascinating talk on Tudor Music.  Jane has been playing various instruments from that era for 35years being very expert in this field and along with her husband, also makes her own instruments.  She also writes and researches the subject having written several books She told us of the 7 years apprenticeship needed to be a qualified musician of this type and belongs to a specialist guild. The musicians in the Medieval period travelled around the country to banqueting concerts with approximately 6 musicians in a group, Coventry being the main city for royal visits and concerts.  Anyone possessing these musical talents of singing or playing an instrument, usually had a smooth entrance into middle-class society – as long as they had good manners, too.

Many references and musical terms were used in Shakespeare’s plays which were held daily at the Globe Theatre, London entertaining up to 3,000 people per concert.

The medieval music was important in churches for hymns and psalms, for dancing, in homes and alehouses.  The instruments were mostly played by men as women were restricted to the violin or the bagpipes.  Jane had brought along her own bagpipes and played expertly for us.  She told us there are (amazingly) 160 different types of bagpipes in the world.

Dorothy gave the vote of thanks to Jane for a fascinating and informative talk which we all enjoyed.

Alice Ball won the competition for “Old Sheet Music or instrument” with Shirley Moss second.

Very welcome refreshments were provided and served by Joan Dowse and Bar Harrison.

The speaker for our next meeting, the last Thursday of each month, will be Terry Fones on “Arctic Dream”. The competition will be “A plate of iced biscuits”.

For further information about our W.I. please phone 01260-222933.

 

Joan Dowse

 

 

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BOSLEY W.I. programme 2019

 

January 31st ………………………………”Eccentrics through the ages” – Lyndon Murgatroyd

 

February 28th……………………………”Which bin shall I put it in?” – Lucinda Hodges

 

March 28th ………………………………..”Standing stones” – Geoffrey Browne

 

April 25th …………………………………..”It’s not what you say….”  – Derek Poulson

 

May 30th ……………………………………”Cartoons” – Les Pickford

 

June 27th …………………………………..Visit to Ford Green Hall

 

July 25th …………………………………….”Auctioneer” – Peter Ashburner

 

August 29th ……………………………….”Living in Styal” – Eddie Tarry

 

September 26th ………………………..”Tudor Music” – Jane (Little Moreton Hall)

 

October 31st ……………………………..Arctic Dream” – Terry Fones

 

November 28th ………………………….A.G.M.

 

December………………………………….Christmas lunch

 

Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month starting at 7.30 p.m. at Bosley Methodist Chapel, Tunstall Road, SK11 0PB.

 

For further information, please ring 01260-222933.