On July 3rd we once again met at the Blidworth
Welfare Function Room for our monthly members meeting. On this occasion we were
visited by John North. A 50 minute film entitled “Experience Nottinghamshire”
was shown by John, and the members and guests thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
The complete film was created, produced and edited entirely by John and his
wife and the result was a most polished production of the highest quality and
presented using equipment of an equally high standard.
“Experience Nottinghamshire” included in its topics such
subjects as the Cresswell Craggs with exceptionally realistic images of the
landscape during the Ice Age between 10,000 and 50,000 years ago. The Dukeries
and North Nottinghamshire were well represented such as Ollerton Mill, dating
back to 1713, the only working watermill in Nottinghamshire, the Clumber estate,
Thoresby Hall and Wollaton just to mention a few, were featured with manificent
The film went on to show some wonderful days out that can be
experienced in Nottinghamshire.
Following the break, a talk was delivered by Jayne Williams
and the subject concerned the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) and the
connection to her own grandmother – Elsie Saville. Originally the WRVS was the Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS),
not attaining the “Royal” until 1966 when the Queen became their Patron and
until 2013 when it changed again to the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).
Formed in 1938 as the WVS for Air Raid Precautions (ARP),
today the RVS is the largest voluntary organisation in British History and
celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.
timeline from the founding of the WVS in 1938 by Lady Stella Reading, through
their War Work 1938-1945, post war 1945-1950, rebuilding the Country and doing
Meals on Wheels; Darby & Joan clubs etc. it became the foundation stones of
the Welfare State. Also, 1960s preparing
the Nation in the event of a nuclear war!
Our next three
meetings are as follows;