Due to the third Monday of the month falling on Easter Monday, Denstone WI held their April meeting early on April 10th. It was an open meeting, friends, partners and all visitors were welcomed by Mary Spencer and Wendy Forrester introduced the guest speaker for the evening, Michael Betteridge who gave an illustrated and entertaining report on the history and current situation of The Royal and Ancient Game of Ashbourne Shrovetide. This was very topical as we were approaching the end of Lent and had just five weeks earlier experienced the Ashbourne Shrovetide Game. Many of the audience hailed from the Ashbourne area and remembered the importance of this event as children, when a day or two off school was a very memorable thing. Michael was assisted by Robert Todd and together they gave background information on the history of the event, humorous reflections and personal experiences, demonstrating a thorough dedication to ensuring this tradition continues. There were many questions from the audience at the end of the presentation, showing the level of interest in this very local topic.
Mary Spencer is our current President