I have the family history bug for researching both my own family history and that of friends. If your interest is in families of the Fylde in Lancashire, this site is for you, with many photographs to enhance interest. I'll also be looking at my Scottish Donaldson connections, hints and tips, and stories that appeal. So read on, or even better, sign up as a follower. Do get in touch - I would love to hear from others who share my enthusiasm for family history fun.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
My Mother - A "Joiner" & A "Shining Star" - Fearless Females
My mother, Kathleen Weston, nee Danson of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire (left) was both a "Shining Star" and a "Joiner". Because of my father's work, we moved around a lot, and Mum joined whatever women's group was there - Mother's Union, Townswoman's Guild, Church Work Group, Parent-Teachers Association, Women's Rural Institute (WRI) .
Whenever there was a coffee morning, bring & buy sale, spring fete, summer fete, Christmas fete, Mum was part of the activity, with her contributions for the sales tables - aprons, cushion covers, doll's clothes, soft toys and of course cake and candy. As a dressmaker she was often called upon to help with costumes for Gala Days and concerts.
For Mum was also a "stitcher" and was always making something. She entered WRI competitions, taking part in a catwalk show to model an outfit she made and the Alice in Wonderland collage (below) , made for my daughter, won a national prize in a competition for "Tomorrow's Heirlooms.
Below are more exmaples of her talent.
Costumes for Staining Gala Day - in apple green satin I am the little girl on the front row left.
An embrodered traycloth
All the family moves meant I was at three secondary schools. Later in my life, Mum's example stayed with me, and left me an important message on how to make friends and become involved in a new community. An inspiration!
Fearless Females is a blog In honour of National Women's History Month in the USA. Suggested by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist, it provides 31 Blogging Prompts for March.
March 17th - What social groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? March 18th - Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe. Adaped from posts first written in March 2011.