Prostitutes and Prime Ministers at the WI
July 20th 2017
Lerryn WI has a business meeting once a month for its members, but everybody in the village is free to attend the talk that follows.This month, everyone present awaited with interest the story behind Margaret Parker’s interesting choice of title.
In fact her fascinating talk contained more than one story. The prostitute in question was one of the people who filled in a questionnaire when Margaret was working in market research. As with all such surveys, it was essential to gather material from both genders and a wide range of ages, occupations, educational attainment and social backgrounds. To make this easier, different kinds of employment were put into categories and people completing the forms were required to tick the category that most nearly resembled their job. A woman who worked as a prostitute, having completed the rest of the survey, had to seek Margaret’s guidance on the appropriate category for her employment. Margaret, equally puzzled, had to refer to her employers. (The answer, it turned out, was C1: skilled manual.) Meanwhile, Margaret had also established in conversation that this particular prostitute was also a sociology graduate who had calculated that by the time she reached the age of 30 she should have saved up enough to be able to do her post-graduate research.
The other story relating to the title concerned Mrs Thatcher. Margaret, having returned to work part-time after having her children, was sent one weekend to meet the then Prime Minister, who had granted an interview to the Press Association. Margaret made clear to us that her own political views and priorities were not at all those of Mrs Thatcher, but she still had to warm to a woman who apologised very promptly when she found she had dragged out a working mother on a Saturday. Had she realised, Mrs Thatcher said, she would have scheduled the interview for a weekday.
Such anecdotes were not the only story Margaret had to tell. The history of her own career told its own tale, raising many issues about gender equality and many illustrations of the changes in society over one working lifetime.
Her first and lasting interest was in the law, but she left school and trained as a journalist because girls at that point didn’t usually go to university. She followed up her interest in law in the only way open to her at the time, by becoming a court reporter employed by the Press Association. Because Press Association journalists covered more than just local/national papers, they always had a seat at the end of the row in court because they always had a deadline somewhere, and the means of getting urgent information back to the office was the telephones outside the room.
Access to such phones was crucial and journalists would always be pointed towards the bank of dedicated phone lines kept for them. This turned out to be a mixed blessing when Margaret was sent late one night to the Egyptian Embassy to investigate rumours about the death of President Nasser. There was the usual row of phones available for journalists – in the gents’ lavatory. Margaret used them.
This was not just a talk about the undoubted difficulties of women at work, because it pointed up the ways in which gender-based assumptions limit people of both sexes. Margaret’s listeners greatly enjoyed hearing about the respectable judge thrown out of a branch of a women’s clothing chain when he tried to buy himself a pair of the black stockings needed for a formal occasion calling for knee breeches.
It was satisfying to hear that later in Margaret’s professional life she finally topped up her matriculation qualifications and applied to read law. She was accepted for a university place at the same time as she received an invitation to take up the relatively new field of radio journalism. She could clearly have succeeded in either field, but elected at last to get her law degree. After that, rather than becoming a barrister, she taught law part-time and for two days a week brought together her legal expertise and a lifetime of experience with people, offering legal advice on a voluntary basis to those in need.
It was a pleasure to hear the talk and a great pleasure, however briefly, to meet such a person.
Boconnoc Music Recital - tomorrow
July 19th 2017
A day out at the Falmouth Beaches
July 17th 2017
The LERRYN AREA MINIBUS ASSOCIATION runs a timetable of weekly trips to Bodmin and monthly trips to Truro and St Austell. In addition, in full consultation with our passengers, we run a programme of "Special Trips".
Our trip in July was to the Falmouth Beaches and once again, we had glorious weather. Our itinerary was as follows:
Our next special trip will be on Thursday 21st September when we will be going on a sightseeign trip to Penzance, Lands' End and Sennen Cove. Why don't you join us?
Lerryn River Stores
July 16th 2017
Thank you to all our loyal Customers that help support and keep the village shop going, to help the shop to continue from strength to strength and bring us in to the 21st Century. We now have an online shop that provides the best of Cornish produce worldwide. This is the "Bricks to the websites Clicks" This means we are open even when we're closed. It's early days so we will keep adding products daily. We launched on Monday and this has been very successful to date. www.smuggledfromcornwall.com and lerrynriverstores.co.uk We've had orders from around the UK, so hopefully this will help secure the future of your Village shop and post office for years to come.
Lerryn Ladies Dining Club - an evening at the Smugglers' Rest at Talland Bay
July 15th 2017
The Dining Club meets three or four times a year and members take it in turn to organise the evening. Susan Bailey and Annie Singer organised the outing of Friday 14th July and nineteen Lerryn Ladies made their way to the Smugglers' Rest in Talland Bay for a meat and fish barbecue. The weather was glorious - blue skies and not a breath of wind and the sea was flat calm - a view that we could all enjoy from our outside tables.
We enjoyed our barbecue and afterwards some ladies indulged in ice-creams. Julie definitely enjoyed hers!
Because 14th July is Bastille Day in France, there was an opportunity to dress up in red, white and blue for those who wanted to. Susan won the best dressed prize!
We look forward to our next meal out which will take place in October.
To see further photos of the Ladies Dining Club outing, click on the photo of Talland Bay below:
St Veep Church Bells - celebration event of 13th July 2017
July 15th 2017
As part of our “Once in a Lifetime Opportunity” celebrations, we invited the whole community to St. Veep church on Thursday evening.
Our Virgin Bells were set out in the aisle of the church: this is the first time they have been on public display since they were refurbished by Taylors in 1936. In addition, the dismantled bell frame showing distinct signs of rust was laid out in the churchyard.
We were delighted so many people came along to take advantage of this opportunity - we estimated at least 80 and maybe 100.
Refreshments were provided by the W.I., many thanks to Flynn and all her team and also to the Supporters of St. Veep who provided a modicum of wine, coffee and soft drinks.
This made for an informative and convivial evening for a large number of the community and all of us at St. Veep Church would like to thank you for your support with the bell project.
The bells have now been loaded on a lorry and should by now have arrived at the bell hangers foundry at Bridport.
Finally many, many thanks to the volunteers, too many to mention by name, who helped remove the bells and the frame from the tower.
To see further photos of this event, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the bell below:
The photos extend over two pages of the Gallery
Join Pelynt Choir at St Winnow
July 15th 2017
St Veep Church Bells: pupils of Lerryn School get a Once in Lifetime Opportunity
July 14th 2017
As part of this celebration, the school visited the church on Wednesday afternoon to view the bells which were set out in the aisle of the church.
Fittingly, they arrived in the LAMA bus at about 1.30.
We all enjoyed a short history of the virgin bells and after looking at them, we went out into the churchyard and examined the dismantled bell frame.
The children then spent some time drawing the bells before we all had squash and biscuits which went down very well.
Finally before they left each pupil was given a Heritage Lottery Fund lapel badge.
For further photos of this event, go to the Photo Gallery or click on the button below:
The photos extend over two pages of the Gallery
DON'T MISS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY - TONIGHT!!
July 12th 2017
For the first time since 1936, St. Veep’s virgin bells will be lowered and stored in the aisle of the church.
Come and see the bells on Thursday 13th July from 7.00 pm onwards.
Have your photograph taken with the bells and enjoy a cup of tea with us or even perhaps a glass of wine.
The bell ringers will be there to show you round the bells and perhaps tell a tale or two.
Please come along, all are very welcome!
July 7th 2017
Please join us at 11am on 9 July at Fowey Parish Church for Sea Sunday
We shall be celebrating Fowey’s maritime links and all those connected with the sea in our town - those who use our port and harbour, who provide services and who watch over our coastline and we shall be especially praying for and supporting the Mission to Seafarers here in Fowey under new leadership with Yvette Hall as our Port Welfare Officer.
with every blessing
Philip (Rev Philip de Grey-Warter)
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