LEISURE GROUP news
January 22nd. " Ruth Ellis - victim or villain ." This was the question posed by our speaker Mr Brady. Ruth Ellis was found guilty of the murder of her former lover, David Blakely and was sentenced to death by hanging. Ruth's life and upbringing had been traumatic and more evidence of this was placed before the judge after the trial which might have resulted in a stay of execution and up to the last minute strenuous efforts were made on her behalf but the Home Secretary who had the power to stop the execution was unavailable. - Raffle winner - Margaret.
January 29th. " The Canadian Prairies " ( Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta ) was the subject of Mr Mawton's talk. The earliest maps of the prairies were drawn up in grids of 6 square miles and road and rail routes followed these gridlines. For many years wheat was the main crop but now rapeseed and sunflowers, for oil are becoming more prevalent. Even outside the smallest town, the name sign indicates the number of its' population. Neepawa's sign proudly proclaims - ‘Population: 996,660 short of a million’! - Raffle winner, Chris.
February 5th. Viv Truran brought along a selection of "Antiques " and challenged us to place a date and current value on each item. Suffice to say none of us are likely to appear on "Bargain Hunt". - Raffle winner, Betty.
February 12th. The charity "Llamau" was brought to our attention by Sue O'Brien. Imagine having nowhere to live. What would you do? Where would you go for help? How would you survive? Today in Wales hundreds of people are homeless, frightened and alone. Llamau can give the practical support, care and security they need to rebuild their lives. The charity supports young people aged 16 - 25 and vulnerable women of all ages facing homelessness. Funds are urgently needed and /or home starter packs of new or nearly new items. Anyone who wishes to help can contact Llamau at 236, Holton Road, Barry. - Raffle winner, Betty.