HASTINGS Central Townswomen’s Guild had an interesting meeting on February 28, with a demonstration by John Carmell.
He told us a little about the history of trug making, and then showed us how trugs are made. He explained how because sweet chestnut and willow trees grow well in this area, they are ideal for making trugs.
Their history goes back to Roman times. One of the problems today, is the lack of younger people to learn the craft. Members said it was a pity that, although possibly too labour intensive to make a full working income from, a few might be encouraged to take the craft up as a hobby.
After tea and biscuits, subscriptions for the coming year were taken and details of our outing to Paradise Park later in March were given. We appear to have a full coach.
Names were taken to go to the East Sussex Federation AGM at Eastbourne and the National Townswomen’s Guild AGM at Cardiff in June.
If you would like to visit us, we meet at the Unitarian Church, South Terrace, Hastings on the fourth Friday of each month at 2.30pm.