Marbury WI July Meeting

President Beryl Fletcher welcomed members and guests to the July meeting, reporting that the Marbury WI’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea had been very successful, and that our Craft Group’s entry to the Royal Cheshire Show had been awarded “Commended” in a category with over 25 entries from across the county.   The Bridge Beginners Group will meet for the first time in July, and the outing to Llandudno on the 17th August will replace our regular meeting.

Beryl then welcomed our speaker – Stephen Shakeshaft – who introduced us to “Chester Uncovered”.  Stephen is one of 30 registered Chester Tour Guides and took us on an illustrated “virtual tour” of the unknown parts of Chester and the stories behind them.  Among the many fascinating things which Stephen introduced us to was the Sedan Porch in Stanley Place – the only one in the north of the UK! – and the fact that the Cathedral Bell Tower was the first free-standing bell tower to be built in Europe since the middle ages.  Chester’s half-exposed Roman amphitheatre was the largest in Britain, holding 7,000 spectators, and in medieval times Chester was one of only five ports in the whole of Britain allowed to import wine.  With our heads reeling with facts, figures and photos, Sheila Steele gave the vote of thanks for an enthralling talk which had entertained and educated us!  The competition was won by Margaret Barnet and the raffle by Carol Sheard.

 

The next meeting at the village hall will be on 12th September – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

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