IN the May meeting of Harvington Phoenix Ladies the members and visitors were given a highly entertaining talk, illustrated with many original props, on the subject of ‘Make Do and Mend’ by Paul Harding. During his school years Paul had always enjoyed history, but wanted to know more about the practicalities of how the people lived. So in 2003, with his fellow historical performer Helen Lee, Discover History was established, to share their passion and bring the personal lives of our forefathers to life. Covering a million years of history through talks, school visits, guided tours, reminiscence sessions and village fetes, as well as working with the media on bringing historical accuracy to TV and radio programmes, newspaper and journal articles, they an award winning duo.

The anecdotes of the times and stories of every day living was brought to life by the memorabilia from the 2nd World War years – ration books for food, petrol and clothes, the clothes themselves and patterns to make them, posters, books and so many more things which were all fascinating and, it has to be said, rather familiar to several of the ladies, despite Paul being certain than none in the room were older enough to remember them.

Before the next meeting in June, Phoenix Ladies are hosting a fashion show ‘Charity Chic’ in aid of Shakespeare Hospice. It is being held on May 23 at 7.30pm in the village hall and organized by one of our own members and past leaders, Carole Barbour; the fashion shows have become very popular in the local area and the specially selected clothes, outfits and accessories will be available to buy at the end of the evening. The tickets, which include a glass of wine, are now on sale at £8.50 from the Hospice shops or available from Barbara (870791) or Anne (871951).

Our next meeting on the first Wednesday of June (5) in the Village Hall, will feature a demonstration and talk by registered reflexologist Deborah Cook. All ladies are very welcome and for more information please contact Barbara (870791) or Ali (870179).