Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Henley Ladies Probus Club

THE April meeting was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club with Mary Barrett in the chair.

THE April meeting was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club with Mary Barrett in the chair. She welcomed a very good turnout of members and four visitors.

She also thanked the golf club for having installed a lift. It is hoped that our members who have not been able to attend the meetings because of the stairs will now be able to come and enjoy the talks as well as enjoying the company of the other members at lunch.

The members were informed of the death of a former member, Pat Rutherford.

The chairman mentioned that as the committee consists of seven people she needed volunteers who would be willing to help by setting up the meetings and welcoming guests when members of the committee were not able to attend. A number of members has since offered to help in this way.

The guest speaker, Michael James was then introduced with his talk entitled “Family relationships in a late 18th century East Anglian rectory during the arrival of the next generation”.

This story unfolded as a result of Michael’s research into ladies’ diaries listing medical details.

It followed the lives of the Rev Leathes and his young wife Elizabeth Redding, who married against the wishes of their parents.

As the years went by and children started to appear, relationships were restored.

We were entertained with snippets from letters which passed between Norfolk and Oxfordshire.

Mrs Redding’s mother made the arduous journey to Oxfordshire for the births of each of her six grandchildren, sometimes staying for many weeks.

This was a very unusual and interesting talk. Mary gave the vote of thanks.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12.

It will be the club’s charity meeting when Frances Hill will talk about the Ways and Means Trust, which has a garden centre in Peppard to help rehabilitate and train those recuperating from an illness and other disabilities and to assist those who move into employment and work experience.

Some of the garden produce will be available.

For more information, call Marion Whitaker on (01491) 628629 or email

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