North Kelsey

President Janet Sheardown and federation Chairman Jackie Cheetham get to grips with life in the Roam Army with Centurian David Marsden
President Janet Sheardown and federation Chairman Jackie Cheetham get to grips with life in the Roam Army with Centurian David Marsden

North Kelsey WI stepped back in time as they welcomed a Roman centurion to their September meeting.

David Marsden, in authentic dress, told the WI members and their many visitors about the clothing, weapons and life of a Roman soldier.

As a centurion – in charge of 80 men, not 100 as many believe – his life was a little more comfortable, but David also explained how other ranks would be treated.

The competition for a picture of a man in military uniform was won by Bridgett Clark, with a picture of her father in his Home Guard uniform.

Catherine Davis was the winner of the flower of the month competition, with a cleome, or spider flower.

For the next meeting, on October 12, there is a change of speaker. Elaine Honey will now be giving a hands-on sugar craft demonstration and the competition will be for a decorated cup cake – made on the night.

Meetings are held in the community hall on the second Wednesday of the month, starting at 7.15pm, and new members and visitors are always welcome.