Click for login and accessibility options

We want to make using our website as easy as possible. Should you find it difficult to read this website please increase size of text button below to increase size or the contrast background option for a version of the website with less pictures and black text on a yellow background.

Contrast Background Increase size of text Close

Entertaining Educational Luncheon 2016

North West Kent Federation had been asking for a national event to be held locally for some time and finally the day arrived. For me, the start was marked by me and my aunt being followed up the narrow drive by a coach full of East Kent ladies, with the driver (who I did not know) calling to me by name. The South East is my patch and I was looking forward to meeting friends old and new.

Historian Toni Mount, author of Medieval Medicine: Its Mysteries and Science (Amberley, £9.99), spoke about medieval medicine, focusing on the role of women. Hearing about the remedies and practices, it is amazing that anyone survived to their 60s (the average lifespan was about 45)! Many ingredients in the remedies are familiar today (though not pounded cobra flesh!) and the highly toxic nature of others was balanced by the inclusion of a herbal laxative to ensure rapid transit through the body.

Next came Jenna Richards from the Orchid Project talking about female genital cutting (FGM). Orchid works mainly overseas in conjunction with local partners to bring about the cultural change that is needed for cutting to end. Jenna’s words shocked many, especially when she stated that around 400 girls a month in the UK are cut. TG must speak out about this, however difficult it may seem.

After an excellent three-course lunch, we enjoyed entertainment from singer Maggie O’Hara, with a programme celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday the following day. Very soon we were singing along, clapping, glass tinkling, napkin waving and arm waving. Special mention must go to the ladies from Lewisham Guild, who threw themselves into audience participation with aplomb!

I really enjoyed my day, as did the more than 180 others who attended. Thank you to Freda and Jill Wright for all their local work.

Report by Penny Ryan, National Trustee

< Back to Event Reports


Similar News

Southern National Carol Service at Wells Cathedral - 7th December 2017 -
HRH The Princess Royal to attend Townswomen’s Guilds 2018 AGM at Brighton Dome - National women’s organisation the Townswomen’s Guilds (TG) are happy to announce the attendance of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The Princes Royal is a Patron of the national women’s organisation.
Escaped teddies may be roaming Bournemouth! - To celebrate holding its Annual General Meeting this year in Bournemouth, national women’s organisation, Townswomen’s Guilds, is unleashing an explosion of knitted street-art on Bournemouth’s sea-front.
Yarn-bomb’ about to explode in Bournemouth - From 27th - 28th June a riot of colourful hand-made woollen pieces will adorn the lower gardens in the city centre.
Private Members Bill on Istanbul Convention progresses to House of Lords - Significant progress has been made with the Private Members Bill on Istanbul Convention


Share this page:

Latest Comments

No comments have been left on this page. Why not be the first?


Please login below to add your comment.

Your Surname: Your Membership Number: Log in

Website design, development and marketing by Nexus Creative

We take your right to privacy and our legal responsibilities seriously please read our privacy statement to discover how we do this.