Tynedale: Women’s institute reports
Published at 07:34, Wednesday, 04 September 2013
A 5000BC flint scraper found at Warden Hill Fort was the starting point of Andy Bates’s August talk.
He explained, using many local references, how leatherwork had developed.
Initially skins were tanned using brains – no part of the animal was wasted!
The skills of leatherworkers were valued by local Celtic tribes, Anglo Saxons, and the Border Reivers.
Fine leather gloves called Hexham Tans were regarded internationally.
Lillian Atkinson’s gloves were the obvious winners of the competition for the leather item.
Next month will be a sweet-smelling evening when the members learn about perfume.
MEMBERS were delighted to welcome Brenda Clark to the August meeting after her recent illness.
Susan Howard – The Bag Lady – made a return visit to speak about her passion for handbags.
She has been collecting bags for 25 years and gave a fascinating account of the history of handbags and showed many fine examples from her enormous collection.
Originally ladies did not carry bags but gentlemen often had a ‘long purse’ sometimes called a ‘miser’s purse’ as only one coin could be taken out at a time.
The first ladies’ bags were very small as all a lady carried were visiting cards and, in the evening, a dance programme.
Among the very beautiful and interesting bags she showed the members was a black leather bag made during the Second World War with a flat place at the front for a ration book and a place at the back for a gas mask.
Members also saw a ‘basket bag’ from the 1950s, popular with teenagers, and a bag made from recycled vinyl long playing records.
She spoke about the Kelly Bag made famous in 1956 by Grace Kelly and still one of the best selling bags. The modern Birkin Bag is a larger version of the Kelly Bag. If you want to buy one you have to go on a waiting list.
It is possible to spend £25,000 on a bag!
The members were told about the sale of the Duchess of Windsor’s bags and the vast amount of money paid by collectors for them.
However, Susan buys her bags mainly from antique fairs and on eBay.
The competition for a make-up bag was won by Margaret Forster with Marjorie Johnson and Brenda Clark joint second.
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This week in... 1919Saturday, December 13, 1919...
AT a public meeting in Wylam Institute it was decided to split the remaining money in the village's peace celebration fund between the village schools and a planned war memorial to the Fallen.
A brass plaque bearing the names of 19 former students who died in the Great War was to be erected in the Wylam Council Schools at a cost of £20 and £30 was to be donated to the war memorial fund.