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Neston Ladies Club Day 1916 - No Walk and No Hobby Horses

Author: Susan Chambers Published: 31st May 2016 12:16

Local historian and co-editor of www.nestonpast.com, Susan Chambers, shares a topical tale with us.

The younger people of the town were disappointed that the annual Fair for Ladies Club was not being held a hundred years ago this week. The country was in the middle of a war that was beginning to affect more and more families and many considered the jollities associated with Neston Female Friendly Society's special day to be inappropriate. A short service in church was organised for the children in the morning instead.

After the First World War Ladies Club Day, about 1920After the First World War Ladies Club Day, about 1920

The Society decided to forego the actual Walk, but had the traditional service in the afternoon, and the vicar mysteriously chose as his text "I'm not a burden on any man...". As the ladies left the Parish Church they paused by the very recent grave of Mrs Birch who had been a long-term member (over forty years). She had been buried two days earlier and the members had headed the funeral procession with their staves draped in black, and lined up each side for the rest of the procession to pass to the grave.

The business meeting and tea were held as usual in the Town Hall, catered by Mrs Youds, who had the café where Shand now stands. There was a membership of ninety-one, accounts were very satisfactory with 4½ % interest on most of the funds.

Ladies Club Day plans did not always go smoothly- see http://www.nestonpast.com/club-day-discord-1897/

Lots of history about the Society on that same website, www.Nestonpast.com.

(NB - it would be great to get through the day without someone reporting incorrectly that it was set up for the ladies when their men-folk went off to the Napoleonic Wars!)

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