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Dovenby WI January 2011

After a short business meeting during which secretary Carol Colquitt read the minutes of the last meeting.

President Geraldine Baldwin introduced guest speaker Peter Colquitt who gave a talk on '18th Century Crack'. Peter has a great historical knowledge of Wordsworth House, having worked there for eight years as Costume Interpreter.

Wearing his eighteenth century costume, he talked about life at Wordsworth House between 1770 and 1850. People in service often followed in families, but hirigs also took place twice yearly at the Whitsun and Michaelmas fairs held in Cockermouth. The hireling received one shilling, which acted as a contract between them and their masters. Boys in service were paid four guineas yearly and girls four pounds, with the focus always being the boys.

Peter's 'crack' was interspersed with lots of anecdotes and amusing stories, and everyone agreed that this was a very entertaining and informative evening.

A vote of thanks was given by Nita Eubank.

The competion - an old kitchen utensil, was won by Nancy Fearon with Kath Palmer as runner-up.

The quiz was won by Pat Saunders and Nita Eubank.

The Raffle was won by Pat Harper.

 

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