THE August meeting of Endon WI was held on Tuesday 5th August at Endon Methodist Church and was opened by their President, Mrs Barbara Wells, who welcomed everyone to the August meeting.
The ladies were then asked to stand and sing Jerusalem.
Apologies were then received from a number of members who were away on holiday.
The President then invited members who had birthdays in the month of August to join her and Mrs Dorothy Bradbury who was standing in for Mrs Sue Booth who was away on holiday, for a birthday cup of tea.
The meeting continued with the business informing members that the venue chosen for our 95th Celebratory Lunch in 2015 has now closed and another venue needed to be sought.
The president then asked if the new venue which had been chosen would be acceptable. The members agreed.
Various pieces of correspondence were read to members which would also appear on the September News Sheet.
Having completed all business, it was time for a well-earned cup of tea.
After the tea break, the President introduced our speaker for the evening, Mrs Marion Armstrong, whose subject was 'Chasing Paper Skeletons'.
Mrs Armstrong was, until her retirement, the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths Manager at the Registrar's Office in Leek.
Marion told us that she really was a local girl as she went to school with several members.
Marion went to Baddeley Green School, Endon High School and was also in Endon Brownies.
Back in 1945 her mother was a member of Endon WI and she read out a letter which her mother had received from the then President when she had had a baby daughter, Marion.
It was interesting to be told the different colours of certificates.
When you register a birth, the certificate is red, a marriage, the certificate is green and a death, the certificate is black.
The first known census was back in 1841. There are lots of ways in which you can trace your ancestors.
Marion finished her talk by telling us that she had acquired a copy of the Marriage Certificate of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles among her other souvenirs.
The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Dorothy Bradbury who said we had had a wonderful and interesting evening, and thanked Marion for making it so interesting. Mrs Dorothy Bradbury also won the raffle.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd September at Endon Methodist Church when our speaker will be Julie Scott and her subject will be 'The Women's Land Army'.
The evening closed with the President wishing everyone a safe journey home and asked everyone to stand to sing the National Anthem.