Hastings Ore Women’s Institute

WE all went back to the Dark Ages for our June meeting.

Two volunteers from Bodiam Castle, Jean Jempson and Tanya Turner, arrived to give us an insight into life for typical housewives in the 1300s.

They had adopted the dress and personas of a well-to-do lady of the manor, and the wife of a peasant.

The badinage between them was as entertaining as the information they gave us.

We learned that although the lives of these women were hard, and in law they had few legal rights, in practice they ruled, and frequently dominated, their households and their husbands.

They also showed us how they made their cloth and then how they made their clothes.

We all very much enjoyed the presentation, and a few brave souls also seized the opportunity to dress up as medieval ladies themselves.

As usual, a large group of cheerful, enthusiastic members attended the meeting.

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at Christ Church Hall, Ore, and also organise craft groups, a book group, a walking group, and various other events and outings.

The next big event in the group’s calendar is the Summer Bazaar, to be held on Saturday, July 6 at All Saints Hall in All Saints Street.

The bazaar has a vintage theme, and promises to be an excellent event, with stalls for crafts, jewellery, books, preserves, and vintage bric-a-brac as well as the expected WI yummy cake.

Refreshments will also be served on the day.

For any enquiries about the group or our activities, please see our website, www.hastingsorewi.co.uk/index.aspx, or telephone Jean Hatter on 01424 439427.