Ladies – don’t forget this month’s WI meeting on Thursday 16th at 7.30pm. The evening talk this month is by Irene Whittle entitled Nursing in WW2. The Claxton & Sand Hutton WI is going from strength to strength so why not come along and find out for yourselves? New members and visitors alike can be assured of a warm welcome by our friendly group. Visitors pay just £3 on the night.
Thursday evening saw a large turnout (over 30) for our musical evening as the Claxton & Sand Hutton ladies were joined by members from other WI branches.
George Horne, the very popular local singer regaled us with amusing stories from his musical life which started at the age of 8 years when he sang in a church gang show. After National Service, George became a teacher near Doncaster and joined the local Amateur Dramatic group who were (as he quickly discovered) woefully short of men.
We heard about one production of The Pirates of Penzance which was going so well until the curtain wouldn’t rise. But as we all know, the ‘show must go on’ so the cast sang their song from behind the curtain – to great applause from the audience who seemed to think it was all part of the show!
We also heard about a wonderful performance of The Desert Song where all 8 men of the cast had to play both Arabs and Legionnaires – extremely quick changes being the order of the night!
Later when he moved to York, George joined the York Amateurs and extended his repertoire with shows such as Show Boat, The Music Man, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof.
Interspersed with his trip down memory lane, George sang a number of his favourite songs including “I won’t send Roses” (Mac & Mabel), “Unforgettable”, “Wonderful World”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Leaning on a Lamp post” (with audience participation) and finished with a rousing rendition of “Sweet Caroline”.
After the music, we had a special visit from Rachel Hirst (of Knit & Natter fame) to talk about and encourage us to take part in a special knitting event called ‘Heartsease’. There are 1.5 million children suffering from neglect and abuse in the UK. Kids Company (a London based charity) works with 36,000 of these young people – 6,000 of them are small children. We were asked to knit a small heart shaped bag for one of these little people which the Kids Company team will then use in therapy session with those children they are working with. The bags will contain messages of hope and the ‘pockets’ can hold small keep-sakes and treasures. Rachel also gave out knitting patterns for the bags.
Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton – don’t forget the WI meeting this Thursday at 7.30pm in the village hall – a musical fun evening awaits you! Visitors and new members alike are ensured of a warm welcome from our friendly group, so why not come along?
Ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton, we need you!
The next WI meeting is on Thursday 18 April and this month’s programme is a light hearted musical event which is sure to be great fun so why not give the WI a try? Visitors pay just £3 on the night which is a bargain for an evening’s entertainment and good company. We start at 7.30pm in the village hall and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
Last night at the WI, we had a wonderful talk entitled “The Good Life – Part 2”. No, not about Tom & Barbara from Surbiton but Maureen (and her hubby David) from Stockton on the Forest.
Maureen gave her first speech to us last year and this was the follow up about the trials and tribulations of life on a small holding farm. And what trials there were!
We heard all about their first ram called Jack, a virile tup and no mistake who eventually grew so large and with a tendency to head butt anyone who came near, the decision was taken to sell him on at market. There wasn’t a dry eye in the hall (from laughter) as Maureen told us of Jack’s disgrace at market when he decided to mount the pedigree ram in front as they were led into the ring. Oh the shame of it ………….
We heard about lambing time and the case of the ewe who was so keen to be a mother that she couldn’t wait for the birth of her own lambs, so ‘lamb napped’ one of her neighbour’s brood!
Then there was the story of Moss, the border collie who never really got the hang of rounding up sheep rather he just ran through the flock, scattering them as he went. Strangely though, they then all followed him home in single file.
And so the stories went on and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Life is never dull, that’s for sure
There was a great turnout of members, despite the biting wind and everyone wished member Ann (and her husband Jim) a very happy golden wedding anniversary for Saturday, toasting her with bucks fizz and scrumptious home made cakes.
Next month is a musically themed evening and new ladies would be sure of a very warm welcome if they wished to attend.
Last night’s talk by Dr Andrew Jones of York Archaeological Trust was a fascinating insight into the 5 year dig of the Hungate area of York, the biggest ever archaeological dig in York City Centre.
Dr Jones painted us a picture of life in Hungate stretching from the early 20th C back to the Romano/British period. We heard about the 1 up/1 down terraced and back to back dwellings of the mid 19th C which although without running water had gas lighting installed since the site also housed the Union Gasworks making it cheap to pipe gas to the houses.
We saw pictures of the remains of Duckett’s Tipper flush toilet (also called a ‘slop water’ closet) which was housed in an outside communal toilet block. After the earlier communal toilet (probably a dry pit toilet, which would have been only occasionally cleaned out), this new toilet must have seemed like the height of modernity (!) Of course, it was not plumbed into to any water source so without rain and the concerted effort to tip used water into it, it would not have flushed.
The excavation also uncovered some remains of the medieval Cordwainers’ Hall, the Guild Hall of leatherworkers. Remains of a Viking building, made of boat planks was discovered – the first time re-used timbers had been found in the walls of a building of this period in York. Our Viking ancestors were also keen on recycling it seems! Although a ‘Viking-Age’ structure, the planks were not from a Viking boat but more likely a boat from South East England. The building was not like those found in Coppergate which had ground floors, so it is believed that it was probably a cellar-like building used for storing food.
Finally we reached the Romano/British settlement and the discovery of pots, a cobbled road and graves. Not surprisingly then, the team also uncovered human remains although the 12th C church of St John in the Marsh itself remains un-excavated as this area will not be redeveloped.
Even though it was a cold night, there was a good turnout of members for the talk and the WI ladies also welcomed several guests.
Just to remind local gentlemen (as well as ladies) interested in archaeology that they are most welcome to join the ladies of the Claxton & Sand Hutton WI on Thursday 21 February at the village hall to listen to Dr Andrew Jones from York Archaeological Trust give his talk about recent work undertaken by the Trust. Starting at 7.30pm, there will be a small entrance charge of £3 pp (normal visitor rate) payable on the night.
On Thursday 21st February, Dr Andrew Jones of the York Archaeological Trust will be giving a talk entitled “A Life in Ruins” to the ladies of Claxton & Sand Hutton Women’s Institute. As usual all ladies are welcome and as this promises to be a fascinating talk, the WI ladies have decided to cordially invite local gentlemen too. So, gentlemen, if you are interested in local heritage and archaeology, why not come along on Thursday 21st February. The talk will start at 7.30pm in Sand Hutton & Claxton village hall and there will be a small entrance charge of £3 per person (normal visitor rate), payable on the night. We look forward to welcoming you!
On Thursday, I attended my first WI meeting and am now one of the 212,000 or so National members. Apparently there are 7,000 WI’s across the UK and whilst the Claxton & Sand Hutton branch may be small, it is perfectly formed. There was also another new member that night and although we weren’t quite sure what to expect, we both found a very friendly group who made us welcome. The first talk of the year was a fascinating insight into the workings of York Minster after the doors are closed at night. Given by a former Minster policeman who shared some of his experiences when on the night duty and what experiences he’d had! From a group of gents streaking across the precinct at the dead of night in Winter (Why? – you might ask) to strange sounds coming from an empty Minster in the early hours that needed to be investigated, he’d seen and heard it all. I’m already looking forward to next month’s meeting – more about that later.
Ladies – don’t forget the next WI meeting – tomorrow Thursday 17th. Guest Speaker Roy Pawsey will be giving an account of ‘Night Shift at York Minster’. Starts at 7.30pm.
New members will be given a warm welcome. Alternatively why not give it a try out as a guest (£3 on the night).