Meeting Report


After the business for the evening, Sheila invited everyone to enjoy the array of Greek food prepared by the Committee.
This was followed by mini Olympics which included javelin paper planes, ping pong pitch, bean bag shot put and blow slalom. There was much hilarity and some very competitive performances! Alison saw fair play throughout and the team who were declared the victors were rewarded with ‘gold’ medals which they wore with pride. Alison was thanked for all her hard work in organising the games.

Wendy Moore who works for Johnsons gave us a very interesting talk with images into the history of Johnson’s Coaches, a local business based in Henley in Arden and is still a family run business with the 4th generation now in charge. They now cover holidays abroad, by sea, air or land as well as day coach trips, bus services, etc. The business began in 1909 by Jack and Blanche Johnson. Blanche was the “business” backbone. It started with one Vehicle going into Birmingham 5 days a week taking produce to the market and later a passenger compartment was added to the vehicle. They now have 100 vehicles of various sorts, from modern coaches, mini buses and public transport buses. In the intervening years they have carried out house removals, general carrier transport and all forms of passenger transportation.

The speaker was introduced as Mrs Jane Arnold from the Ministry of Food and her assistant Mrs Thompson.
Everything for the Wartime Christmas was covered - cooking with rations, decorations for the tree, homemade toys, knitted clothes including vests and just jumper fronts and practicalities of the gas masks including babies sack gas chambers. We got to taste some of the cooked items which tasted ok but in the war you would be grateful to eat anything.
This was a super speaker which everyone enjoyed.

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