Monday, 25 June 2018

Egyptian embalming

THE first meeting of Henley Rotary Club in 2013 was held at Henley Golf Club on Tuesday.

THE first meeting of Henley Rotary Club in 2013 was held at Henley Golf Club on Tuesday.

Immediate past president Philip Fletcher took the chair in the absence of the president, president-elect, secretary and treasurer who were all abroad.

Speaker’s secretary Robin Sherry stepped in at short notice to give a talk on how the art of embalming began in Egypt 5,000 years ago with the discovery of natron, a kind of soda ash found in lakes near the Nile.

This was used to stop the dead body decaying after being washed with palm oil and rinsed with water from the Nile.

Mr Sherry described the full mummification process, emphasising that modern embalming was totally different.

Philip Fletcher thanked him on behalf of the club.

The club’s heat of Rotary’s Youth Speaks public speaking competition for schools and colleges will be held at the Kenton Theatre on Monday, January 28.

Teams of three will compete in the hope of getting through to the subsequent rounds covering zone, district, region and national finals.



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