Tuesday 14th February – a talk was given by Alix Booth on “The history of Punch and Judy” It proved to be a very entertaining talk going through the history of how Punch started and its development throughout the centuries. It was influenced by the way the people lived and the political scene. The more violent interpretations of the earlier years and its replication in shows have been toned down to suit present day attitudes. In her show performance Alix has new puppets of modern day government politicians to slant the content too current times.
Tuesday 13th March, 2.00pm, Village Hall.
A talk will be given by Col (Paddy) Vernon on “A Debt of Honour” which tells the story of the Gurkha’s and the work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. This is a change to the previously listed talk due to speaker cancellation.
Tuesday 10th April, 2.00pm, Village Hall.
A talk will be given by Dorothy Baker on “The Tulip Trail”
On Tuesday 6th December members attending the Highworth Warneford School annual Christmas Concert were greeted by the children and treated to a pleasant performance of music song and dance. All people invited were given a Christmas card produced by the children together with a Christmas Pudding. Refreshments were served during the interval.
Our Christmas Lunch (a carvery) was held at the Barrington Arms Hotel in Shrivenham on Tuesday 13th December. Members considered the venue and food to be a good choice. We were entertained by the Highworth Songsters which made the event most enjoyable. The raffle for the Friendly Club Christmas Hamper together with a Swindon Town football team shirt signed by team members was held after the lunch. The hamper was won with ticket number 330 – Mrs M Hopkins and the shirt
was won by ticket number 551 – Mr D Manners.
The South Marston School concert on Thursday 15th December was very entertaining. All year classes took part with some children giving solo performances. The effort made by the children and adult helpers was very much appreciated. Refreshments were served after the performance.
Our New Year entertainment began on Tuesday 10th January with a talk was given by Lewis Lawton on “The Terracotta Warriors”. The talk was very informative exploring the known history and the efforts made by the Chinese in their restoration work. If you are able to visit the site you will be
suitable impressed at its scale and size. Many areas are still to be excavated to show the whole army.
Tuesday 14th February at 2.00pm in the Village Hall
A talk will be given by Alix Booth on “The history of Punch and Judy”