Marbury WI September Meeting

At the September meeting, President Beryl Fletcher announced that Kathy Johnson will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning  at her home on the Marbury Hall development on Friday 6th October from 11 am to 3 pm.  She also reminded members of the Marbury WI Coffee Morning at the Civic Centre on 20th October, and gave meeting dates for the various groups and activities.  The Walking Group will leave the Village Hall at 9.30 am on 26th September for a tow-path walk from Llangollen, and details were given of the visit to the British Ironworks Centre at Oswestry on 28th September.


Beryl then introduced Martin Wood, Shrewsbury’s Town Crier, who gave a history of town criers, and of his 32-year career in Shrewsbury.  The first Town Criers in England can be traced back to 1066 but Shrewsbury’s first Crier was appointed in 1295.  By the mid-1400s the Crier was also the Official Ale Taster and Deputy Executioner, as well as being in charge of the town Ducking Stool!  In the late 1700s there were more than 6,500 Town Criers in England – this number dwindled to 45 in 1980, but is now increasing with the current total at about 300.  Martin donned his splendid regalia and described his travels all over the world to various competitions and events.  He also demonstrated his Cry and rang the bell which had been made specifically for him to complement the pitch of his voice and the length of his forearm!  Yvette Openshaw thanked Martin for a fascinating insight into one of the great British traditions.  The competition was won by Stephanie Hockenhull, and the raffle by Mary Jones.


The next meeting at the village hall will be on 10th October when Isabel Large will talk about bee-keeping and honey production – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

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