Our May meeting was a brief A.G.M., followed by members giving three very interesting talks. Janet & John Robinson gave ‘A postcard from Birchington’-about the old buildings shown in the postcard, and the First World War soldier who sent it. Light was also shed on Birchington’s experiences during 1914-18. Chris Emmorey gave ‘The life and times of Mrs. Beeton-a reflection of social change’. Isabella Beeton, in spite of her very limited practical experience, wrote a phenomenally successful book on household management, before dying at just 28. It was the handbook that told the new middle class Victorian housewife everything she needed to know. Colin Winstone gave ‘I thought I was all alone’ – a truly remarkable personal account. Colin, supposedly an orphan whose parents had been murdered in Kenya, discovered that was all lies, and instead that he has an extensive Welsh family he hadn’t known existed.
Our June meeting is at 7 for 7.30 on Wednesday 20 June. Janet Dean will give an illustrated talk-’ My grandmother was a spy.’ Indeed, her Belgian grandmother spied for Britain in German Occupied Belgium in the Great War, stealing documents and passing on information. Imprisoned in 1915, two years later she was rearrested and sentenced to death. Non -members are welcome to attend for £2.