On April 11, the members of Ashover WI were treated to a talk about the story of the Victorian and Edwardian seaside given by Ron Stammers. He explained that seaside resorts were originally used by the aristocracy and wealthy, who stayed in grand hotels. They went for their health as well as to socialise. As the industrial revolution took place, the workers from mines and factories began to take holidays by the sea, too. The factory Act of 1833 ensured that workers got paid holiday. Ron brought with him many postcards showing pictures of the resorts during these times. This was a fascinating and amusing talk.
The second part of the meeting was taken up with discussion about trips to Tutbury castle, Whitby, Harlow Carr and Harrogate and dates for other events.
As the celebration for the golden anniversary was only one week away, the planning for this was finalised.
The next meeting of the WI will be on May 9, in the Bassett Rooms.