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      Our Meeting May 16th Continued

Holy Trinity Group   Group of Ladies
I have an idea that nearly everyone in this group went to school here at Holy Trinity.  If so, it must have been quite a school. 
Back row, from the left:  Trevor Genge, Tom Larkin, Kath Davis, Jean Taylor, Dorothy Morris, Mary Dudley, Sheila Meese, then a lady whose name I didn't get, Kath Eggington, Gerald Hanrahan, Mary King, Sheila Griffiths.  Front row, from the left:  Ms. Morris, Kath Kiely, Sheila Titley, Christine Morris, Alma (Bennett) Darby, Mary (Bowen) Colbourne, Kath Bennett.
And here we have, from left to right:  Sylvia (Jordan) Griffiths, Mary Morris, Dorothy Morris, Mary Dudley, Christine Morris, Sheila Meese, Kath (Eggington) Sacanowski, Mary (Bowen) Colbourne, Mary Durkin.
Betty Vann
Nancy Vann
;christening robe christening robe fine detail 
Betty Vann had brought along a lovely wedding dress in white satin.  It was made for Betty's mother-in-law,
Nancy May Vann (nee Hughes) by her mother, who was a seamstress.  The wedding was in 1938.
Nancy Vann               Dorothy Wilkes (nee Martin) showed this christening robe,    trimmed with fine lace and hand stitched ornament. made from a remarkably fine material, probably shantung,
Dorothy Wilkes Dorothy Wilkes (nee Martin) showed the christening robe, (shown above right) made from a remarkably fine material, probably shantung, trimmed with fine lace and hand stitched ornament.  Dorothy's mother worked as a ladies' maid to two ladies who lived in Copston, near Bath.  When she was having her first child, in 1918, they gave her £5 for a christening gown and this is what she bought in Bath. It has been used for several members of the family since then. Ship in a Bottle Isobel Bickley (sorry! no photo of you, Isobel. Can you let me have one?) bought in this very interesting - and puzzling - ship in a bottle.  It was bought by her Father many years ago, with the assurance that it was made in the Black Country to celebrate a visit here by the then Prince of Wales.  The pennant on the ship reads "God Bless the Prince of Wales 1923".  So what was the Prince of Wales doing round here in 1923?  It was 1928 when he came to open the Birmingham New Road.  But no one seemed to know what he was doing here in 1923 - other than enjoying himself at Himley Hall.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
Arthur Wilkes Arthur Wilkes came along with this extraordinary walking stick. His grandfather got it in Africa, sometime before 1914. It is made out of a cabbage stalk, with a brass tip on the end. Apparently they could grow a cabbage with a stalk this long in one year. (Arthur is also holding his usual cigarette. Arthur's doctor told him that "Those cigarettes are killing you slowly". "That's all right" said Arthur "I'm in no hurry"). Our Publicity Man  Inside the hall our publicity man Jim Speakman, seems to have ideas for using Arthur's stick, if our Chairman, Brad Purshouse, cannot get it first. But Trevor Genge has retired from being a head teacher and the antics of naughty boys no longer amuse him.

We held a raffle to raise funds and it was very successful - many thanks to those who gave prizes and those who sold tickets.  And welcome to those who joined the club.  And thanks to the many who gave donations on the door. 

Floss Higgs, Sam Davies and Mary Colbourne
Finally, in the last but very definitely not least section, we have:-
Floss Higgs, Sam Davies and Mary Colbourne 
who spent all day serving up tea, coffee,
biscuits, sandwiches and the like,
 with great speed, efficiency and cheerfulness.  Thanks!

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