Village news from Helen Price – 27th June 2019
Published 24 June 2019
Kings Bromley Open Gardens
The re-opening of the newly decorated Village Hall was celebrated with a stirring performance by the Kings Bromley Harmony choir and later there was also a Jazz Band performance. 9 gardens, including a new one at the Royal Oak, welcomed 223 visitors despite inclement weather.
An amazing total of £2100 was raised and will be split between the church restoration fund and the Village Hall restoration.
Kings Bromley WI
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Women’s Institute in Kings Bromley. The ladies enjoyed a celebration in the conservatory at Curborough with a lovely meal and welcome bubbles to enjoy. The room was beautifully decorated in our traditional pink and mauve and looked splendid.
The committee made some prettily decorated baskets with raffle prizes of champagne and chocolates and a lot of other goodies to be won. There was an opportunity to win the table floral decorations.
The ladies and guests from other local WIs enjoyed fabulous entertainment from Kate’s Party. This duo of Larry and singer Kate, sang some old favourites from Doris Day and the Everly Brothers. Larry played the guitar and did a few Shadows numbers. They entertained us with a quiz on television theme tunes and Kate told some very funny jokes and humorous stories.
The next meeting will be held in the Village Hall on 4th July when we will be holding a Swishing Evening, with a clothes exchange and this is open to all ladies in the village. Please bring 2 or 3 items of new, or good as new, clothing, bags, scarves, shoes and jewellery on hangers and you can exchange these for something else. If you see more than you bring than you can purchase these for a £2 donation.
We shall be collecting donations for the Village show raffle hampers, please bring these along to the meeting too.
The Chair welcomed everyone and thanked Gillian for once again allowing us to hold our meeting at the Royal Oak. She then introduced our speaker Jonathan Nason. A keen photographer from the age of 11, Jonathan was to take us on “A French Mystery Tour” as seen through the eye of the camera.
The tour began on the Normandy/Brittany ferry from Portsmouth. Appropriately, on the eve of the 75th anniversary of D Day, one of the first photographs was of the beach at Arromanches-les-Bains (Gold Beach) and the remains of the Mulberry Harbour there. Jonathan’s tour then took us on to Le Mans and the Le Mans Classic a biennial vintage sports car event. We then followed part of the Lawrence of Arabia cycle route. As a student T.E. Lawrence had spent the summer touring France by bicycle pursuing his interest in Medieval history. One of the places visited by T. E. Lawrence and the next stop on our mystery tour