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Monthly Meetings

We meet at 2 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church, Kilwardby St, Ashby.
There is normally a guest speaker or, in December, musical entertainment.
This is followed by tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to meet and talk with other members.

Future programme
DateSpecial EventsSpeakerSubject

Tue 24th JulAGMMark Walsh The Variety Theatre
Tue 28th AugCream TeanoneCream Tea served by the Committee
Tue 25th SepAnn FeatherstoneThe baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes
Tue 23rd OctAlan Gray'You cannot be serious' - an ex-Wimbledon umpire
Tue 27th NovRoger HailwoodThe National Memorial Arboretum
Tue 11th DecChristmas EventTBAMusical entertainment
Tue 22nd JanJohn WinterIntercare - Medical Aid to Africa
Tue 26th FebWilliam J FrenchA Butler to Royalty
Tue 26th MarRalph Jerram The history of Desert Island Discs
Tue 23rd AprPaul Newsham

Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups

MonthTea GroupMeet & GreetReporting Groups
Tue 24th JulPat and Terry Bithell, Julia Fraser and Henry SharplesCarol Land & Mary WilsonRecorder & Short Walks
Tue 28th AugThe CommitteeThe CommitteeNo groups reporting
Tue 25th SepSupper and Trips & Outings
Tue 23rd OctJean Preece, Brenda Dummer, Cynthia Wells and Sandra FoxWalking and Arts & Crafts
Tue 27th NovJenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim FairwayBird Watching & Bridge
Tue 11th DecThe CommitteeNo groups reporting

26th June
Subject: Wonderful Wicked Wallis
Speaker: Julie Ede

Julie Ede entertained us all with a very amusing and interesting account of the life of Wallis Simpson who became the wife of King Edward VIII following his abdication from the throne. Julie's story started in the basement of a posh London house in 1918 during a Zeppelin raid on the capital towards the end of the first world war. One of the guests taking shelter in that basement happened to be Prince Edward the then Prince of Wales who was later to become King of England on the death of his father King George V in 1936. Through contacts with one of the other guests sheltering alongside Prince Edward, Lady Furness became the prince's consort on many foreign visits abroad.

Julie told us that Wallis was born on 19th June 1886 in Pennsylvania and that her father died from tuberculosis when she was still a baby. Wallis's father had been well off and her rich uncle took Wallis and her mother under his wing providing for them both financially. Wallis married Earl Spencer on 8th November 1916 but he was a heavy drinker and the couple were separated for months at a time when, as a naval aviator ,he was posted to San Diego when the USA entered the first world war. Wallis travelled alone in China holding lavish parties and only returned to the USA in 1925. In 1927 the couple divorced and then Wallis became involved with Ernest Simpson a wealthy shipping executive. Wallis married Ernest in 1928 and they moved into 5 Bryanston Court which was a very lavish property.

They held many cocktail parties and at one of these Wallis was introduced to Lady Furness, Prince Edward's escort. Wallis got herself presented at court in June 1931 and then both Wallis and Ernest became regular invitees to all manner of parties as guests of the prince. Edward gave Wallis expensive jewels as well as lots of money and they holidayed together in Europe in the mid 1930's. When George V died in 1936, Edward became king but didn't seem to take the job seriously. Wallis divorced Ernest and only a few months into his reign, Edward proposed to her. This presented Prime Minister Baldwin and the government with a constitutional crisis as the British people were unlikely to accept an American twice divorced as Queen of England. Wallis went off to the South of France and Julie told us how Edward made it clear to all that he loved Wallis and was not prepared to let her go. Consequently, he abdicated and then married Wallis in 1937 after her Decree Absolute of divorce from Ernest
had been granted. Edward and Wallis honeymooned in Austria. After the second war they spent their life in France until Edward died in 1972.

Julie's talk was extremely well received.