FAS Womens Institute

At our February meeting Pat Wells gave us a very informative talk on 13th Century history in Suffolk.

Pat, who lives in Barrow, decided to research the history of the village. She discovered that the Gifford family of Shetland, into whose family her daughter had married, was from the same lineage as Sir William Gifford who had ruled the Barrow Manor and had built Barrow Hall in the 13th Century.

She told us that life at that time was very hard for the peasants. Money was extremely short and the peasants were subject to the local lord. Most Marriages at the time were arranged- no marrying for love, but primarily for money which gave the lord more power and property. Wayward women were sent to a monastery! Pat has written an interesting book highlighting the life of a Barrow Lady.

The March meeting was well attended for a fascinating talk by Barry Stevenson. Members brought along a variety of antique items including a microscope and telescope, porcelain and glassware, an engraved gold pocket watch, olive wood from Jerusalem, a Victorian button opener, a huge, ornate Derbeyshire barge teapot, a triangular medieval style chair and an exquisite silver visiting card case. The original use and interesting aspects of each antique were enthusiastically explained to us and questions answered. Tea and homemade cakes rounded off the evening.

Please join us when we meet in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

Our April speaker is John Riley who will talk about the work of the RNLI.