welcoming us back after the summer break President Judith Walker
informed us of future events to include a group meeting at Hatton
; Ann Farr is to resume her sewing group and also the book group
is to meet at Judith`s house.Coach trips to the Olympic site
have been arranged for the Autumn and next year the WI are holding
their own Olympics with events such as short mat bowls, crocquet
and rummycub !.
The speaker for the evening, Lucy Reid, was unable to be with
us being still on maternity leave after the birth of her baby.
However Joanne Davenport came in her place. Joanne is a "visitor`s
experience, Community and Volunteer manager " and is responsible
for looking after 3 properties, as well as Coughton ,Baddesley
Clinton and Packwood House are now grouped together. Joanne
gave a brief outline of each house`s history. Coughton Court
has been the home of the Throckmorton family for 600 years.
The family were leaders in a dangerous age helping to bring
about Catholic emancipation in the 19thC. There are many family
portraits and Catholic relics to be seen around the house. As
well as being the seat of the Gunpowder plot Sir Robert Throckmorton
was the first Catholic MP.!
Baddesley Clinton dates from the 15C and was the home of the
Ferrers family for 500 years. It`s heyday was during the Elizabethan
period when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics-there are
3 priest holes.
Packwood House is originally 16thC but it`s interiors were extensively
restored between the two world wars by Graham Baron Ash and
this house also contains a fine collection of 16thC textiles
and furniture. It`s gardens have renowned herbacious borders
and a famous collection of yews.
Joanne and her team are responsible for making these properties
even more visitor friendly. They wish to bring to life the people
as well as the objects. At Packwood they have created a welly
walk for the children`s benefit. At Baddesley there is a new
entrance and a new room to view, whilst outside there is also
a new walk. At Coughton Mrs Clare McClaren`s daughter has redesigned
the garden which won a prize at Chelsea. Joanne was warmly thanked
for her very interesting talk and laptop display by Ann Farr.
The next meeting will be October 12th when Cat MacFadyan will
"Colour me beautiful"