New Barkby W.I

Presedent of New Barkby W.I., Shirley Franklin, welcomed everyone to the Institutes April meeting. The Speaker was Julie Ede who gave an interesting talk, with powerpoint presentation, on ‘Bess of Hardwick Hall’. She lived from 1527 to 1608 and married four times, the first was when she was just 14 years of age, to Robert Barlow. Then, after being widowed at 18 years old, she married Sir William Cavendish, Sir William St Loe and finally Goerge Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. During all this time, Bess accumulated land and stately homes through her astute discernment. She had Sheffield Castle stripped of its furnishings and had them transported to Tutbury Castle. After taking possession of Hardwick Hall in 1597, Bess had ES initials placed on the walls of the hall, and moved there after buying it from her brother, in bankruptcy. The hall contains vast amounts of glass, a considerable status symbol, and lots of tapestries. The hall now belongs to the National Trust.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs P. Warren. The competition for the letter ‘E’ was won by Mrs M. Gamble who brought along an ‘Encyclopaedia of Embroidery’.
The raffle was won by Mrs J. Bishop and the tea Hostesses were Mrs D. Broadhurst and Mrs P. Smith.
During the evening , Mrs R. Forester gave an account of her recent day spent at the Annual Council Meeting. The May meeting, held on Wednesday 1st May will be the Resolutions Evening with the competition letter being ‘I’.