Jill welcomed everyone especially those who had recovered 
from winter coughs and colds. Hopefully everyone will be fighting fit 
when we celebrate our 72nd Birthday later

      this month.

              Our speaker ,Ray Palmer, fascinated us with his talk ' 
Understanding Hereldry'. His interest began when, as a small boy, he 
played on bomb sites and pretended to be a knight.

      In 1127 King Henry 1st knighted his son in law , and so it began. 
A Herald was like a walking bill board spreading the news. A coat of 
arms was initially a cloth draped over the armour.

      This identified friend or foe. Tudor Kings played their part in 
the development and Henry 8th enjoyed the colourful tornaments. One 
needed to be 'worthy' to be granted a

      'Coat of Arms' and each one told the story of the person concerned.

          Ray showed us examples of these including the crests of our 
younger Royals. The WI has its own Coat of Arms . It was made by West 
Kent members in 1976 and has been displayed

     annually at the N.F.W.I.  conference. Maggie thanked him for his 
most informative talk.

        Ray enjoyed judging our competion which was 'Create your own 
Coat on Arms '. Among the depictions of animals , needlecraft, hikeing 
,cooking etc were a pair of bandy hairy legs.

        The legs were pictured on a large vitamin tablet and Ray hoped 
that they didn't belong to any of our ladies !

        1st Jill ...2nd Lesley Ricketts .....3rd Rose. Flowers   1st 
Lesley R......2nd Elizabeth.....3rd Myrtle.

       Do join us on the 1st Monday of the month . 2.30pm  at Wookey 
Hole Community Hall. Visitors most welcome.

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