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.
|Tue 24th Jul||AGM||Mark Walsh||The Variety Theatre|
|Tue 28th Aug||Cream Tea||none||Cream Tea served by the Committee|
|Tue 25th Sep||Ann Featherstone||The baby-killer and the thief - Victorian crimes|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Alan Gray||'You cannot be serious' - an ex-Wimbledon umpire|
|Tue 27th Nov||Roger Hailwood||The National Memorial Arboretum|
|Tue 11th Dec||Christmas Event||TBA||Musical entertainment|
|Tue 22nd Jan||John Winter||Intercare - Medical Aid to Africa|
|Tue 26th Feb||William J French||A Butler to Royalty|
|Tue 26th Mar||Ralph Jerram||The history of Desert Island Discs|
|Tue 23rd Apr||Paul Newsham|
Tea Rota, Meeters & Greeters, Reporting Groups
|Month||Tea Group||Meet & Greet||Reporting Groups|
|Tue 24th Jul||Pat and Terry Bithell, Julia Fraser and Henry Sharples||Carol Land & Mary Wilson||Recorder & Short Walks|
|Tue 28th Aug||The Committee||The Committee||No groups reporting|
|Tue 25th Sep||Supper and Trips & Outings|
|Tue 23rd Oct||Jean Preece, Brenda Dummer, Cynthia Wells and Sandra Fox||Walking and Arts & Crafts|
|Tue 27th Nov||Jenny & Pete Slawson, Bridget & Jim Fairway||Bird Watching & Bridge|
|Tue 11th Dec||The Committee||No groups reporting|
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.