Life as living history
Last month we were transported back into the past – it was like being at our own private theatre show.
Our speaker, Kay Wych, is a living history presenter. She is at Glastonbury Abbey from March to October, where they bring characters from the abbey's past alive, with craft displays and music in the Abbot's Kitchen.
Kay told us about her some of her main interests – history, architecture and theatre, which have led her into very interesting things in her life.
When she started at the abbey, she found it a bit difficult getting into the character of the part she was to play. Over time she changed her character into the kitchen maid and created a family around her.
She became Alyce Cleeve in 1538. She now finds it some times difficult to split the two, when she has played Alyce all day to then go home and be Kay again. It made many of think what a good day out it would be for next year – maybe a branch outing.
We have had our annual skittles match, Somerton WI versus Somerton Probus men. A trophy was presented a few years ago in memory of Peter Lovell. This is played in a very competitive, but fun spirit, as each side wants to win. A lot of husbands and wives trying to beat each other adds to the fun. The chat going home must be fun to listen to.
As a branch our condolences go to our president, Pamela Miley, on the sad loss of her husband Norman.
There was a lovely service for him at St Michael and All Angels Church, in Somerton.
Next month we are to be transported to Vietnam with a talk by Derek Long.
We have had some very interesting evenings throughout the year which Sally Barley has set up for us.