SEVEN DECADES OF STONE’S TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD

There has been a Townswomen’s Guild in Stone since 1947. Two Guilds existed in Stone originally, the present one which met within the town, and the other holding its meetings at the Walton Community Centre, but closed in the year 2000.

Many faces have come and gone, but friendships enjoyed through those years continue into the present day.
Membership is by an annual subscription and each person receives, four times a year, the attractive, glossy magazine “Townswoman”. Details of other events in the wider Townswoman’s world are described in this publication, with interesting articles, testing puzzles, and photographs of the busy lives of other Guilds across the British Isles. For many decades the Princess Anne, Princess Royal has been the patron of the National TG.

The Guild is a member of the North Staffordshire Federation which has 11 Guilds under its wing, from south Cheshire, down through the potteries, to the county town of Stafford. The Federation provides, throughout the year, opportunities to join other TG ladies in an Afternoon Tea, a Quiz night, and in December an annual Carol Service held in a different church each year. This year it will be at the Trinity United Reform and Methodist Church in Stafford.

In August this year, Stone Central Afternoon Guild (often referred to as TG) will be celebrating its 70th year, with a special buffet lunch to be held at Bromfield Court Community Room in Stone – the regular meeting place of Stone Guild. The lunch will be provided free of charge to each member to thank them for their support throughout the years. Catering is to be undertaken by The Secret Kitchen.

Each year’s programmes are very varied, as different speakers are invited to monthly meetings. During the past 18 months the range of talks has covered slideshows: one about dragonflies, one about local Girl Guides working in Kenya, another about a fellow member’s attendance at Buckingham Palace, and another with displays of seaside piers around the country.

Local school choirs have been invited to join the members in the past, and there have been colourful displays of Clarice Cliff pottery and a talk about the charitable work of The Hub in Stone. There have been also the reminiscences of a member’s visit to Russia and Scandinavia in wintry conditions. Yet more interesting talks/displays/demonstrations will be held in the future.

The Guild meets every 3rd Wednesday each month at 2.15pm in the very pleasant surroundings of Bromfield Court room. And light refreshments are served at the end of the afternoon.

For more details about Stone Guild, Chairman Pam Sinclair can be contacted on 01785 812561,

or email: pam-page@talktalk.net .

Other committee members can also be contacted:- Ann on 01785 815889, Pat: 01785 813143 and Shirley: 01785 814279. Newcomers are always welcome.