Pakenham WI News - September 2018

Pakenham WI

SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018
MARTIN SHEPPARD ON THE HISTORY OF NETHER HALL AND JOSEPH HARDCASTLE MP

A large and appreciative audience heard the fascinating story of Joseph Alfred Hardcastle (1815 - 1899), told by his great, great grandson, acclaimed London historian, Martin Sheppard.
Joseph was a non-conformist and supporter of the abolition of slavery who became an M.P.
Joseph Alfred Hardcastle His life was well documented in family letters (and by clicking on the image, can be read here on the Pakenham website). Joseph married wealthy Frances Lambirth in 1840, granddaughter of Henry Lambirth of Writtle Brewery and in the same year as her death and with a mortgage, Joseph bought Nether Hall in 1865. He and Frances were the parents of Henry, Alice, Winifred, Mary and Emily Hardcastle. Joseph lived well beyond his means, spending an average of 10,000 pounds a year, an enormous sum in those days. Eventually he was forced to sell Nether Hall in 1873.
A delightful insight into family life in the 1800's.
Our team then served tea and light refreshments and the raffle followed.

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SEPTEMBER 29TH 2018 – THE WORLDS BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
Once again the ladies of Pakenham are delighted to be supporting the Macmillan Charity by holding the coffee morning in memory and tribute to all our dear friends and loved ones.

OCTOBER 11TH 2018 – SKY AND STAR GAZING EVENING
Derek Langley joins us for the evening to talk about and observe our sky at night. We are in the hands of the gods for a clear cloudless sky.

OCTOBER 24TH 2018 – SUPPER, SHOP AND ARTISTRY AT WATTISFIELD POTTERY
Our members look forward to repeat performance of last years brilliant evening at Wattisfield. An opportunity to paint, do a bit of hands on pottery, have a shop and enjoy a delicious buffet supper courtesy of the Watson family.

OCTOBER 27TH 2018 – PAKENHAM WI’S AUTUMN JUMBLE SALE
Forget about the high street stores and buy your new wardrobe items at this prestigious jumble sale. Your generous donations of clothes, bric-a-brac and toys would be so welcome. We will collect on Friday 26th October. All proceeds for WI funds and all remaining items will be sent to support The Dogs Trust at Snetterton.

We lost Joyce Dash one of our former members last month. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go to all her family.

Mary S Kirby