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Thanks were given to Barbara and Bill Hides for opening their garden once again for the Cream Tea event. This raised over £1100.00 for speakers.

The visit to East Cheshire Hospice was very interesting and gave those who attended an insight into the wonderful work that they do and the constant struggle to raise funds. Ann Daughtrey won the first prize which was one of the flower demonstrations. The theme for Rose Day on 4th. July is Home Made Home Grown.

We voted in favour of the resolution which will be debated at the Albert Hall when Jane Budenburg will be our delegate at the AGM.

Our speaker for the evening was Karen Andrews with a presentation of Victorian Lace Makers with a particular interest in Bedfordshire as her family come from a lacemaking background in that county. We learnt about the different types of lace throughout the country and the techniques of lacemaking which was very hard work as this was done alongside household duties. Girls went to lace schools to learn the craft in the 1500s but the education act of 1871 ended this as all children then had to learn to read and write. We learned about the spangles attatched to the bobbins and the things commemorated on the bobbins. We really enjoyed her talk and she brought quite a lot of stuff to show us too.

The competition was won by Tracy Warrington and Rita Gledhill came second.
Our next meeting is on 24th. June and is entitled Essence by Elizabeth Hickson. The competition is A Rose.

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