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Img_2279 WI Dinner at St Annes

May was an unusual Month for Tarvin WI as for the first time we went on an away weekend. Sixteen members went to The Chadwick Hotel at Lytham St Anne's, where we were made to feel really welcome. We left Tarvin at 9.30 on Friday 5th by Mini Bus and proceeded towards Lytham on a lovely sunny morning. We stopped at Lytham Hall for coffee and a look around the gardens. After which we continued on to the Chadwick to book in. The afternoon was spent in St Anne's where shops and Museums were calling. After our Friday evening meal we were entertained by Dave who's theme was 'Songs from the Decades'. We sang along with him and danced the night away.

Img_2277 WI Les Dawson Statute

Saturday dawned and a lovely sunny morning after Breakfast the group split up to explore the area. Activities included members going to Lytham, Blackpool and Fleetwood Market on the tram or simply a walk on the prom. We met again for dinner after which we were entertained by Jimmy Jermain and the Knights Shadows a Cliff Richard Tribute. A great evening, with stories of our different outings.

After having Sunday Lunch, we were all delivered safely back to Chester by our Mini Bus driver George. A lovely weekend which we all enjoyed. So although a first for Tarvin WI we do not think it will be the last.


Img_2273 Roman Soldier

Our Monthly Meeting was on 31st May at Tarvin Community Centre. Our President welcomed everyone including 6 visitors and 1 new member. After the business was concluded she introduced our speaker Paul Harston who had come to talk to the Group about 'Romans in Chester' -Life as a Roman Soldier. Paul came dressed as a Roman Farmer complete with straw hat then he began by telling us that In Roman times Chester was known as Castra Deva, meaning "the military camp on the River Dee" and was home to the 20th Legion (Valeria Victrix) for about 200 years. Chester's geographical position made it one of the finest strategic outposts of the Roman Empire. The River Dee, before it silted up and became un-navigable, was an important trade route. The Roodee (Chester's racecourse) was once a Roman harbour and the dispatch point for raw minerals, such as lead and copper from mines in nearby North Wales, to the rest of the Roman Empire. The original Roman quay can still be seen at the foot of the medieval walls if viewed from the racecourse.


Img_2272 WI Roman Soldier

He then blew a whistle and in walked Lucius a splendid looking Roman Soldier to surprised gasps from our members. Paul told us in great detail about what Lucius' life as a Roman Soldier would have been like. From his salary being paid in Dinari (equivalent to £18000 today) to his type of living conditions. On completion of his talk he revealed that Lucius was his son. They joined us for tea and biscuits whilst answering members' question and then marched out to prepare for a lively weekend in York to celebrate the Roman Festival.




The evening ended with the President reminding everyone of our Fashion Show by Imaginations of Tarvin on 30th June at TCC Tickets £10 can be bought from Tarvin Post Office or by Telephone 01829 740868. Proceeds from this will go to Tarporley Hospital. As this is a local Hospital, funding is by Charitable Donations so support for this is essential to keep this facility available to all. Everyone welcome please come if you can.

Our next WI meeting is on Wednesday 28th June ' A Fashion Designer's Journey '. Why not come as a visitor and meet your local WI. Please contact Irene Wilkinson 01829 740868 or website if you require any further details

Ed Click on the photographs to enlarge to the original size.