Minchinhampton W.I. - March 2020

Our February meeting was opened by the president., welcoming 2 visitors / potential new members. A card was then read out to us from the Air Ambulance Association thanking the club for a £100 donation which was sent to them from a collection taken at Christmas.

The speakers this month were form the Canal Trust. The Stroud Canal was opened in 1759 and by 1760 it had reached Lechlade. Flat bottomed Trow boats, pulled by hand or horse, transported goods, particularly wool, for the local industries. Unfortunately by the late 1880s the canals started to fall into disrepair as trains became faster and easier to use. By repairing the canals again—using volunteer workers—the waterways are opening up beautiful ways for visitors to have boats and activities and lots of wild life havens along the way. It was a most enjoyable presentation with many questions at the end.

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Library, School Lane. The next meeting is on March 4th when the talk will be about the ‘Walled Garden at Stroud Museum’. Visitors are always welcome.