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The past month has been very busy for Cromford WI members, the main event being a very successful concert at St Mary’s Church, Cromford, featuring Alfreton Male Voice Choir and the Matlock Community Choir singing music ranging from classics to Elton John, Queen and Neil Simon.

At the November WI meeting, Jane Whitaker spoke about Walker Lane, Derby, a notorious slum area in the 18th and 19th centuries, now cleared and renamed Cathedral Road. She told us how Derby was quite a small town until the establishment of the mills brought a huge influx of workers, many escaping from the Irish potato famine, who needed housing; much of which was overcrowded and lacked even basic hygiene. Local records contain many tragic stories resulting from the dreadful conditions in which people were forced to live, but also the help provided by charitable groups including the churches and the ragged school, which taught children whose parents could not afford to pay for education.

The Travel Group were treated to a video tour of the Isle of Man and Shetland and the Knit and Natter Group met again after a short break. WI members are busy knitting and crocheting blankets for the Radio Derby appeal.

The Christmas Lunch will be held at Oakhill Hotel, and the December meeting will be in party mood with members bringing food to share, and entertainment by the Wirksworth Ukulele Band.

Cromford WI are also hosting the Cavendish Via Gellia carol service at Darley Dale Methodist Church on Sunday 11th December Matlock, Bole Hill, Darley Dale, Rowsley and Wessington & Brackenfield WIs will all be taking part.

As you see, we are a lively group, and visitors and friends are always welcome. For more information, find us on Facebook, Cromford WI or ring 07779 277885.


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