Beech Ladies – a successful start to 2016

Our year started very successfully with an informative and amusing talk from Simon Williams about the training and handling of police dogs. Friends and neighbours were invited to this meeting and it was lovely to see some new faces.

In February Barbara Niederhausern gave a talk and slide show on Faberge eggs. These were originally made by Karl Faberge for Alexander 111 and Nicholas 11 as Easter gifts for their family and each one contained a surprise. For example the Imperial Coronation egg contained a 4” replica of the coronation coach complete with moving wheels and opening doors. The talk also gave us a fascinating insight into the lives of the Romanov family.

Bill Weekes was our March speaker and he gave us a very enthusiastic and knowledgable talk on the history of Winchester Cathedral. We learnt that Winchester Cathedral has the longest nave of any gothic cathedral in Europe. He also told us how the Great West Window was destroyed by Cromwell’s forces but, after the restoration of the monarchy, the broken glass was gathered up and assembled randomly to form a mosaic and this is how we see the window today. I can’t wait to revisit Winchester Cathedral and marvel at the soaring gothic arches and the many artifacts with Bill’s enthusiastic words ringing in my ears!

We have a full programme for the rest of the year which can be found on the village hall web site and our next meeting is on Wednesday 13th April when Mrs Filkins will be giving a talk on her Cockney childhood.

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month usually at 2.30pm in the village hall and visitors are always welcome.

For enquiries please call Sally: 88358

Sally Leech