by Gerry Wetherell
Our August meeting was enthralled by Pauline Panton, our branch President, who stepped in at very short notice to give a very informative and entertaining talk on the various stages of planning that went into the building of Tunstall Village Hall as part of the Millennium activities. Given that we meet each month in the village hall, this was particularly pertinent to the branch members and it was instructive to discover the gamut of planning & funding setbacks that threatened to derail the development at various stages in the process.
With no meeting planned for September, a small but select group of hardy souls set off on a dry, but breezy morning for a four mile circular walk from Oad Street, taking in the lovely views across the Swale from Deans Hill and then skirting the village of Bredgar, before returning to Oad Street for a very welcome lunch.
October saw us back at Tunstall, where we had a fascinating talk on pearls and the intricacies of stringing, knotting, cleaning and attaching clasps to pearls. The skill of our speaker, who had spent all her working life in the trade, starting at Garrards and who still works privately cleaning and restringing, was amazing to watch, and we were all very impressed by her expertise.