Stanford and Corringham Townswomens Guild

SOUTH East Essex Federation marked International Women’s Day, March 8, with an event at Saxon Hall, Prittlewell. The meeting was well attended, including eight members of our guild. Speakers were Gwen Horrigan, on the life as a mayor of Southend, Doctor M Scollan, on the history of women in the police force, and Jean Haynes, on the life of a lady bailiff.

Jean Haynes, who was born in Stanford-le-Hope, was known to two of our members. She told hilarious tales of her work as a bailiff in Surrey and beyond. It was a very successful day.

Jenny White chaired the guild’s annual general meeting and thanked the committee, which remains unchanged, and other members for their hard work. Doris Krimmel was presented with the Janet Dolezal trophy for achieving top score in the monthly competitions.

Trudi English thanked the committee for their hard work before continuing the next chapter of her life’s story. Her recollections were very interesting and often, very funny. More stories of her extraordinary life will be told at the summer social.

The next meeting is at 7.30pm on April 14 in Corringham Village Hall, when Harold Irons will recall the memories of a RAF Rear Gunner in WW2. The competition is anything coloured blue.

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