Charnwood Wig’s

The first meeting of 2015 took place Thursday 29th January at our venue Beedles Lakes Golf Club, East Goscote.
As it was so near Burns Night we decided to make it a Scottish evening. The speakers/demonstrators for the evening were the Leicester Caledonian Society who swung into action with a variety of dances. Then the members were asked to join in which they did with aplomb. It was lovely to see all the tartan kilts, sashes, ribbons and bows catching the light and flowing with the dancing. One of the LCS group performed the Highland fling to the sound of the bagpipes which was very moving.
For more information about the LCS go to their website
After the dancing a very interesting talk was given on the history of tartan. Many people only own tartan with which they feel associated, whether through a clan, family, surname, or military unit. Others choose their tartan only out of personal taste. Since the Victorian era ‘authorities’ on tartan have claimed that there is an etiquette to wearing tartan, specifically tartan attributed to clans or families. This concept of the ‘entitlement’ to certain tartans has led to the term of universal tartan or free tartan, which describes tartan which can be worn by anyone. Traditional examples of such are the Black Watch (also known as Government, Universal and Campbell), Caledonian, Hunting Stewart, and Jacobite tartans. In the same line of opinion, some tartan attributed to the British Royal Family are claimed by some to be ‘off limits’ to non-royals. Even so, there are no rules on who can, or cannot, wear a particular tartan.
Two very amusing poems were told one of which was Hudacurry by Frankie and Josie which can be viewed on
The evening finished with tombola organised by Michelle and Jan. Prizes of unwanted Xmas presents were donated by members. Coffee and tea was enjoyed or a drink from the bar. Plus the usual trade stalls.
WIGs image 2On Saturday 31st January a quiz was held at St Hilda’s Church Hall to celebrate their 40th Centenary. Members of the WIg’s formed a team of seven. They did very well and came third out of 20 teams. So come on the WIg’s! Nibbles were provided and drinks could be taken in by participants. The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
The March meeting will be held on Thursday 26th March.
Spring has Sprung! Flower arranging by Kerry Evans.
So come and see us last Thursday in the month at Beedles Lake Golf Club, Broome Lane , East Goscote, LE7 3WQ
Visitors £4
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