President Shirley Franklin welcomed New Barkby members to their July meeting.

From the national federation’s AGM in Cardiff, the resolution to ‘Save the High Street’ was passed with 5,266 For, and 759 Against.

Speaker for the evening was Mr Ernest Miller, who spoke and showed slides on Ernest Gimson and the ‘Arts and Crafts movement in Leicestershire’. He began his career as an apprentice architect, but changed direction after he heard William Morris talk to the secular society. So ideas developed on how Arts and Crafts could evolve.

After building a house in Stoneygate, Ernest Gimson then built Stoneywell cottage at Ulverscroft in 1898. This has now been purchased by the National Trust and a planning application has now been submitted to put the house in good order so that it can be viewed by the public.

Examples of Ernest Gimson’s furniture are in use at the universities of both Leicester and Loughborough.

The vote of thanks was given by Mrs B.Saunders.

Competition for the letter ‘D’ was won by Mrs A.Talbot. She brought along a model of a ‘Dream-maker’. Mrs Talbot also won the raffle prize and was tea hostess with Mrs J.Webbow.

Mrs Pat Smith thanked members for the support and donations for her chosen cancer charity, when she ran in the recent ‘Race for Life’.

Next meeting – Wednesday August 7th 2013. Syston community centre 3.30pm, and will include ‘Bits and Bobs’, an antique fun quiz.