Dovenby WI May 2012
The meeting opened with guest speaker Vera Lowery giving a talk with slides about Allison's Chemists.
The shop has records going back to 1783, with an entry showing that Williams Wordsworth's father had medication on several occasions. In 1853 the chemists was named Robinsons, and became Allison's in 1905. After the 1931 floods, and with the further flood in 2010, the shop front had to be replaced. The second shop front is almost identical to the first.
On the day of the 2010 floods, Vera and all the staff stayed until the last minute, moving goods upstairs before they eventually had to be rescued through knee-deep water by the Mountain Rescue Team.
After getting back into the shop, they found that the cash takings were so dirty that they were put into a pillow case and washed in Vera's home washing machine. Upon hearing this, an amused Prince Charles said on one of his many visits that he now knows a lady who has laundered drug money.
A vote of thanks was given by President Geraldine Baldwin.
The evening closed with as short business meeting.
The competition - a small pill box was won by Kath Palmer, with Martha Robinson second.
The quiz was won by Pat Harper with Jean Moralee and Nita Eubank joint second.
The raffle was won by Rosalind Haston.
Dovenby WI is always glad to welcome new members or visitors. Meetings are
normally held on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm at Bridekirk Dovenby
School. More details and a programme are to be found on