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October 2017

by Quedgeley WI - October 28th, 2017.
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Our October meeting began as usual with the singing of Jerusalem and the official business when we heard details of our fundraising Afternoon Tea which will be held at Quedgeley Village Hall on Saturday 4th November from 2-4.   As well as tea or coffee with a cake for £2 there will be stalls that include bric-a-brac, books, cakes, a Christmas themed stall and a raffle.  It is hoped that many people will come and enjoy a pleasant afternoon in friendly surroundings. Unfortunately the planned Fashion Show has been postponed until the New Year but we are looking forward to our Christmas meal in early December.


Our speaker this month was Philip Wilkinson with his talk entitled High Street Histories.   He has written many books on architecture and buildings as well as other subjects for both adults and children.  His book What the Romans Did for Us accompanied a BBC programme as did Turn Back Time: The High Street.  He illustrated his talk with pictures of shop fronts dating back to the 17th century and earlier. From a simple covered stall through to shuttered then glass-fronted shops and covered arcades, he showed how the High Street changed in style, especially after the First World War when people wanted more modern fronted shops.   Many of these are still in use today, even though they mainly seem to be coffee shops!  We heard about the history of W.H Smith, started as  a newspaper distributor then moving on to stalls on railway station platforms and eventually to the High Street shops we see today.  A brief history of Boots brought this highly interesting talk to an end and will certainly make us more aware of the history and architecture of our local shops.


Our next meeting in November is our AGM but we will also be having a speaker with another history theme when Malcolm Sadler asks Family Trees, do we need them?  If anyone would like to come to a meeting, either as a visitor or new member they will be made very welcome.  We meet on the second Wednesday of every month at Quedgeley Village Hall and further details can be found on our website www.quedgeleywi.co.uk  on www.facebook.com/quedgeleywi or by contacting our President Pat Watts on Gloucester 502252.

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