Annual meeting and quiz

The first part of the meeting was the Annual Meeting when Angela was unanimously re-elected as President and the Committee was elected. Members thanked Ilona, who had stepped down from the Committee, for her enormous contribution over the years. The President and Treasurer gave their reports on the last year (copies of the report are available in the Noticeboard section of the website) which were received to acclaim.

We then moved on to a quiz, devised by Denise, which covered a range of topics and got everyone racking their brains. In the end the result was very close, but Team 2 won by a whisker. A very enjoyable evening all round.

Modern Day Slavery

John Simon, Secretary of the global Rotary Action Group Against Slavery, gave a thought provoking talk about Modern Day Slavery which is one of the issues that Women’s Institute is currently highlighting in its campaigning work.

See below for the powerpoint presentation that John gave, along with useful advice on what to do if you have concerns that someone might be at risk of modern day slavery and a list of useful apps.

Iconic 60s Dance Party Moves

We learnt how to dance the Twist, Locomotion, Watusi, Jerk and Pony.

Here’s the list of music:

The Twist – Chubby Checker
Locomotion – Little Eva
The Wah-Watusi – The Orlons
The Jerk – Larks
Pony Time – Chubby Checker

Walking Tour: Putting on the Ritz

For our monthly meeting we had a tour of Piccadilly and St James called “Putting on the Ritz”, given by Tina, a blue badge guide. We heard about various characters from the worlds of high society and finance as well as quacks and dandies who lived in the area over the last couple of centuries.  Everyone enjoyed the tour and some of us went on for a drink before heading home.

Angela

HISTORY OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE IN ENGLAND or 27 Dresses – BY PENNY MACKINDER

Emilio Vasarri – The Roman Wedding

Some key dates in modern divorce law:

  • The Age of Marriage Act 1929, made sure that both partner were over the age of 16 to be married.
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, was introduced to consolidate certain enactments relating to matrimonial proceedings. This granted a divorce on the basis of irretrievable breakdown.
  • Under the Civil partnership Act 2004, same-sex couples can register a civil partnership, which has almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as marriage does for mixed-sex couples.

We would all like to thank Penny for a wonderfully informative and interesting talk.