IT'S surely a sign of changing times when something which was once considered commonplace would be bordering on child abuse today.
We learned at our February meeting that one of the cures for a sore throat was to tie a piece of fatty bacon onto a string and encourage the unfortunate sufferer to swallow it – and then yank it back up again.
This was just one of the interesting and bizarre cures that our speaker, Kath Reynolds, told us about on a journey down Memory Lane to an age when our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were bringing up their families.
President Monica Mills opened the meeting by inviting Sue Watkins to tell the ladies the latest news from ACWW.
The project for this year is helping schools in the Cameroons. Fresh water would be provided and vegetables would be grown for the children to eat at lunchtimes - a joint venture for all the Derbyshire WIs. Monica then followed this with an enticing array of suggested walks, talks, gardens and tours to choose from to fill our WI year.
Then, it was a pleasure to listen to Kath who presented a light-hearted and interactive talk about remedies of a bygone age, when housewives thought twice about sending for the doctor.
By the time we had heard that herbs would be stuffed up your nose to clear your head, bacon (again!) in a sweaty sock wrapped round your neck could cure your sore throat, mustard and lard would be plastered on your chest for the prevention of wheezing and peroxide might be poured into your ears to cure ear ache - not to mention snail slime rubbed into warts to make them disappear, we were all pretty glad we'd been born into an age of the National Health Service.
Delicious 21st Century tea and refreshments were served while the raffle was drawn, won by Christine Colclough, and the competition of a cure for insomnia was won by Kate Bynoe – who had obviously been up all night composing a very witty poem to charm and amuse the judge, which it did. Well done Kate!