FRITCHLEY: WI members hear what life was like in Victorian boarding schools

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President Elizabeth Griffiths welcomed everyone to The Glebe, Crich, including one visitor, Colleen Hardwick, for the October meeting of Fritchley WI.

Thank you cards had been received from several guests and other institutes thanking Fritchley for a very special evening on the occasion of the branch’s 90th birthday party in Fritchley Congregational School Room (see picture story).

The speaker for the evening was Liz Keeley, whose slideshow-illustrated talk focused on boarding schools for girls in Victorian Derbyshire. It was extremely interesting to see a lot of local buildings in the area which had been used as boarding schools for girls, many buildings being instantly recognisable locally and further afield.

Liz first became interested in this subject after seeing a letter penned in beautiful script and dated June 1860 from a girl called Mary Addison to her parents saying when the term would end and she would be home for the holidays. Liz took three years to research the subject and was able to give an insight as to how school life would have been for these girls. Liz Giffiths gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting of Fritchley with Crich WI will take place at The Glebe, Crich, on November 13 at 7.30pm, when the speaker will be Pat Hall on Life is Still Funny. All welcome.