Thursday, 2 February 2012

Life some seventy years ago

1940s fashion comes to Old Buckenham
The first meeting of the year proved to be as entertaining as ever at Old Buckenham Women’s Institute. Gloria Daines came to talk about life and fashion in the 1940s. There were stories of childhood on a Norfolk farm with no days out at the seaside, no electricity in the farmhouse but plenty of freedom to play and roam in the fields and swim in the rivers and ponds. This brought back many happy memories to quite a number of the members.
Gloria had a table covered in photographs, women’s magazines, American nylons, makeup, handbags, etc, all from the 1940s and each with a tale to tell. Then came the clothes – examples of day and evening wear and a hat box full of the most beautiful underwear including several pairs of the inevitable camiknickers. Gloria finished her talk by reading the poem ‘For Johnny’ from the film of the 1940s ‘The Way to the Stars’.
Susan Hunter told members of all the events planned for the year ahead which is proving to be pretty busy. Votes were then counted for the resolutions to go forward to the WI Annual Meeting at the Albert Hall.
The prizes for both the ‘flower of the month’ and the regular monthly competition for 2011 went very deservedly to Kathy Fleckney who, each month, never fails to enter both competitions.

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