Laughton: Women’s Institute

At November’s open meeting which was held in the Methodist Church members and a number of visitors were taken on a nostalgic visual tour of old Gainsborough under the leadership of local historian Thelma Childs. Thelma not only showed, but also commentated on, many slides which covered mainly the Market Place and immediate area, and dated from the 19th Century through to recent times.

The presentation was punctuated by murmurs of recognition from the audience as images of long-departed shops and businesses appeared on the screen. On behalf of all present Kath Hyde thanked Thelma and her husband, who had come along to deal with the technical side of the proceedings, for an entertaining and memory-provoking evening.

Everyone then moved into the chapel schoolroom for light refreshments and more reminiscences. The competition for an old photograph of Gainsborough was won by Janet Douce, with a picture of flooding in Ropery Road. Joint president Joy Bannnister announced that the raffle on the Nottingham Shopping Expedition coach had raised £323 for the Castle Hill Hospital Oncology Unit’s Daisy Appeal. She thanked everyone who had helped in any way to achieve this amazing sum, either by giving raffle prizes, selling or buying tickets, but especially to Margaret Jackson who had once again organised not only the shopping trip but also the raffle, as she does every year. Everyone was invited to the Cliffside Group’s annual carol service which is being held at St Martin’s, Blyton, at 7pm on Thursday. Finally, members were updated on arrangements for the Christmas lunch at the Citrus Café at Beckingham. They were also reminded that they could bring their gifts for the Gainsborough House Christmas Day lunch party on that occasion, or take them to Joy Bannister on or before 18th December.