Chairman Pauline Farnsworth welcomed 36 members to the September meeting of Chesterfield Evening Townswomen’s Guild which was held in the Winding Wheel.
Pauline thanked Maggie and Al Chilton for holding the afternoon tea at their home in August. She reminded members that there will be a federation Christmas Fair at Eastwood Hall, Rose Hill, on November 29 and would welcome contributions to the Christmas hamper for which the guild will hold a raffle.
Secretary Maggie Chilton thanked everyone who had attended the afternoon tea and all committee members for their help in making it such a success,
Thank you cards had been received from ladies attending the guild’s July birthday party, a letter from the new national chairman, and correspondence from headquarters giving details of the proposed service of thanksgiving in
Oxford on April 7, 2014, to celebrate Townswomen’s Guild’s 85th birthday, and the next National AGM which will be held on June 18, 2014 in Cardiff
(for which transport and accommodation has been arranged by the Chesterfield federation).
Details were also given of the following events: federation autumn lunch in the Winding Wheel on October 11, 2013; federation carol service at Chesterfield Central Methodist Church on December 6, at 2pm and the national carol service at Coventry Cathedral on December 17, for which transport has been arranged. Local heats will be arranged for the national quiz to be held on May 8, 2014 in Birmingham, and the next federation holiday will be in Eastbourne from July 7 to 11, 2014.
A memorial will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 10.30am in the Winding Wheel to celebrate the life and commitment to Townswomen’s Guild of
Jean Loebl, who died recently, and all members of the federation are invited to attend.
Treasurer Stella Pitchford reported on the guild’s finance. Beryl Sherwin announced that the Christmas meal has now been booked and she gave details of various outings and theatre visits which have been arranged.
Members of the sports and leisure group continue to swim on Thursday mornings and the next session of ten-pin bowling will be on Monday, September 30, Vera Pickford having won the trophy for the highest score at the last session.
The arts and crafts group started making tissue box covers in September and this will be continued at the next meeting in the Library on Thursday, October 3, at 2pm. The home of June Beckingham will be the venue for the next social studies meeting, to be held on October 31 at 2pm.
Birthday cards were delivered to Maureen Moore, Betty Booth and Wina Thickett.
The raffle was won by Vera Pickford.
After the tea break, Cliff Burden gave a talk entitled Living with a DIY Expert and was thanked by Winnie Crich on behalf of members.
The next meeting of the guild will be held on Thursday, October 10, at 7pm when Tony Hallam will give a talk entitled Not all Cavalrymen Ride Horses.
New members are always welcome.