Compton Dundon WI Meeting held on 12th September 2018

Trish welcomed members and the visiting WI from Bucklers Mead  and minutes were read from the last meeting (June).

Trish highlighted items from the WI County News including the Carol Festival at Wells Cathedral on 12th December and the SCFWI Annual Meeting at Westlands on 20th October.

Janet read out items of correspondence and information regarding the Short Mat Bowls Competition.  Congratulations were received regarding Compton Dundon’s 90th birthday shortly and a certificate of congratulations will be awarded at the meeting at Westlands.

Saturday, 28th October, Race Night at Village Hall, free admission, 7.30 pm in aid of the Village Hall.  All welcome.

The MacMillan Coffee Morning at Trish’s last week raised £394.  Thanks were given to all helpers and those who attended/donated.

Christmas Dinner, 5th December in the Village Hall is combined with Christmas party.

Next month’s speaker, on 10th October, will be Nicola Penn on the subject of Soap Making.

We were then treated to a talk by Leela Bunce on the subject of Burlesque.  She described how Burlesque developed over the years, changing from music hall entertainment to the current day.  Surprisingly burlesque was developed, organised and performed by women, giving them a sense of empowerment, although many will think that Burlesque would be of more interest to men.  Men also took part in Burlesque and both men and  women would take either role.  Some of the famous names associated with Burlesque were Vesta Tilley and Marie Lloyd.

When Burlesque arrived in America, it became more over the top and ‘saucy’.  It was during the Depression that the American Burlesque moved to the more ‘risque’ performance now often associated with it.  Gypsy Rose Lee and Sally Rand were both arrested at one point because of the strict nudity laws!  British Burlesque contained a great deal of satire of the political scene.  Leela described, and demonstrated the bum shimmy, bumps and grinds and even (modestly) tassle turning.

Members of Compton Dundon Committee performed a short sketch on the subject of Volunteering (or not) for tasks.

All participated in the varied selection of food and took part in a quiz on Songs from the Past.

The competition for flowers was won by Angie and the  Fan, Susie and Angie.

The first two raffle prizes were won by Bucklers Mead members, and then four members from Compton Dundon.

The next meeting will be on 10th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

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