Box W.I. - June 2019

Unfortunately, I missed the deadline for the May issue of the magazine. I very much regretted this as it included a tribute to Agnes Hutchinson, a very much respected and well-loved member of Box WI. So, I am including it this month and apologise for the late entry!

We were all very sorry to learn of the death of Agnes Hutchinson on 20th March aged 99. We offer our sincere condolences to Betty, her life-time friend. Betty and Agnes first met when teaching at Uttoxeter and then moved to Minchinhampton. They both joined Minchinhampton WI in 1982 and 5 years later joined Box WI. They were both very active members taking positions of secretary and treasurer for many years – no mean task! They went on 20 different courses at Denman College, amongst which were Elizabethan and Regency Dancing, Photography and Stumpwork Embroidery. Agnes was very talented in embroidery and produced beautiful work. During her last years at Ilsom House, Agnes enjoyed joining in the varied activities the home offered. It is good to know she was well cared for in her final years.

At our April meeting we had a talk on Longford’s Mill by Ian McIntosh. The local textile industry dates back to the Middle Ages! By the 1600’s Longford’s Mill was a combined fulling and corn mill. It expanded and prospered and by 1820 was the largest supplier of cloth to the East India Company - £20,000 worth pa.

In May we discuss Resolutions put forward by The NFWI. We discuss and vote on the top two resolutions to go forward to the Annual Meeting at Bournemouth in June. This year we will be discussing the Decline in Local Bus Services and Cervical Screening.

Meetings at Box Village Hall are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors are warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.

Geraldine Ames, President