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March 2022

by Quedgeley WI - April 7th, 2022.
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Our March meeting was slightly unusual in that we heard from our speaker before the rest of the business. After singing Jerusalem we settled down to hear Ian Caskie give his talk entitled SS Great Britain – Launch to Relaunch. Ian was born and raised on Merseyside where he spent many hours watching the ships that travelled to and from Liverpool in the 1950s and 60s which led to his passion for ships and ocean liners. He worked as a school head teacher for many years but since 2007 he has been a volunteer with the SS Great Britain Trust where the enthusiasm of this exceptional speaker makes his illustrated talk so enjoyable. He tells the story from Brunel’s original design, through the different phases of the working life of the ship, its salvage in the Falkland Islands and the eventual return to Bristol in 1970. Since then the ship has undergone total restoration, preservation and re-launch as an award winning museum with exhibitions and interactive features, some of which include the sight, sound and smells of seasickness as well as being able to walk inside Brunel’s mind! There is a wealth of information about the ship on the internet and even recordings of Ian’s talk for anyone who would like to hear it all again. Our members really enjoyed this speaker, not just for the huge amount of detail and historical information about SS Great Britain but for Ian’s obvious passionate enthusiasm for the subject which encouraged some members to suggest a trip to see the ship sometime in the future.

It was then on to the normal business where we were reminded that subscriptions of £44 are due in April and the invitation to visit Queen Anne Court, with afternoon tea, a look around the building and possibly see an apartment. The Committee are planning a special evening at our June meeting which will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. We will have a speaker, cake and wine and members will be encouraged to wear red, white and blue. We will also be seeking permission to plant a tree in the churchyard to commemorate the Jubilee.

Other items discussed were the monthly coffee morning, the GFWI Quiz, skittles and the next Lunch Club meal at the China Garden restaurant at Whitminster in early April. The planned visit to the Javelin Park Incinerator has the date now fixed for Wednesday 20th July with a two hour morning session and another in the afternoon. Safety measures stipulate long sleeves, trousers, sensible shoes, a hard hat and safety glasses, some of which will be supplied. Donations in lieu of Christmas cards amounted to £10 and it was agreed to donate it to the Ukraine Appeal.

At the meeting in April we will be hearing from Tony Condor with his talk on the Secret World of Gloucester Dock – Stories from a Victorian Age. There will be a competition of a photograph of Gloucester Docks.

Visitors and new members are always made very welcome so why not come along to one of our meetings at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month at Quedgeley Village Hall.

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