GMS News 87 February 2016

The Home Front

Ethel_Newing_2We are all familiar with the work of land girls in the second World War, but less is written about the Women’s Land Army of World War 1.

A few months before she died Freda Assinder sent me some copies of photos in her collection. Among them was this one of her mother, Ethel Willis. Enrolled in the Women’s Land Army, she worked as a Herdswoman for Fred Solley. Later she was to marry Frederick Newing.

I never met Freda although she promised to call on me next time she visited Great Mongeham. Sadly that was not to be.


She was a strong supporter of the village, particularly St. Martin’s Church.








Last Month’s Meeting

Alan_HainesAt our first meeting of the New Year we were entertained to a ‘Swipe up the Seventies’ with Alan Haines. Nostalgic NO_not_a_dueland often humerous film clips, interspersed with magic tricks which didn’t always work and a narrative from Alan kept us entertained for the whole evening. No, Who_is_MaggieJohn Swales is not duelling with Alan, it is simply another magic trick. In the other photo three victims pose as Hilda Ogden, John Travolta and Maggie Thatcher (type casting?) Refreshmentswhile Alan performs another illusion.

The evening was rounded off with nibbles and a glass of wine. In all it was an excellent start to the New Year.


February Meeting

We all enjoyed Jim Davies’ account of the history of the East Kent Coalfield so you will be pleased to hear that at our next meeting, which is on Thursday, 18th February when he will return to complete his account of the ‘Kent Coalfield Heritage’

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