Members of Tarvin Meeting Point met on Thursday, July 4th, to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the group. They were joined by several past members who came together to recognise the bonds of friendship and community that had been enjoyed by so many.
When the group first met in 1969 it was called National Housewives Register and was part of a rapidly growing number of local groups inspired by The Guardian and a Wirral housewife, Maureen Nichol, who wrote "Perhaps housebound wives with liberal interests and a desire to remain individuals could form a national register so that whenever one moves one can find like-minded friends". Reflecting changes in the status and position of women, the organisation changed its name to the National Women's Register in 1987. The Tarvin group left the national organisation in 2012 but have continued to maintain the groups' original aims.
Current members were delighted to welcome Sandra Sim who was a member of the original 1969 group, and to cheer the memberships of Mary Burgess, Alison Dutton and Val Moon, who joined in the early 1970s and are still active members today.
Tarvin Meeting Point meets once a fortnight and discusses a variety of topics from the serious to the light-hearted. It welcomes new members but recognises that social change in the last half century means that it no longer tends to appeal to younger housebound wives, many of whom return to the world of work. New members are now more likely to be women who may have retired from working but still appreciate lively discussion and being part of a group. But above all, Tarvin Meeting Point provides a basis of friendship, support and community among individuals that has proved to be, and remains, long-lasting.
The group confidently hope to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2029 – though perhaps with slightly less Prosecco!
If you would like to find out more about Tarvin Meeting Point call 01829 741962