Village guild right at home

Deeping St Nicholas Ladies Guild members ('back) Dot Booth, chairman Doreen Hare, Barbara Fitzgerald, October speaker Annette O'Donoghue, Doreen Smith, (front) Gladys Pickering, secretary Sue Titcombe and Linda Lamb.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Deeping St Nicholas Ladies Guild members ('back) Dot Booth, chairman Doreen Hare, Barbara Fitzgerald, October speaker Annette O'Donoghue, Doreen Smith, (front) Gladys Pickering, secretary Sue Titcombe and Linda Lamb. Photo by Tim Wilson.

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What do you call a cross between the Mothers’ Union and the Womens’ Institute?

The answer can be found in Deeping St Nicholas where its Ladies Guild meets every third Tuesday of the month at Doreen Hare’s home in Chappell Road.

Deeping St Nicholas Ladies Guild chairman Doreen Hare who has lived in the village for all of her life.

Deeping St Nicholas Ladies Guild chairman Doreen Hare who has lived in the village for all of her life.

No one is quite sure when the guild was formed except that it started out as a Mothers’ Institute until a change of name took place about 20 years ago.

Doreen, the guild’s chairman, said: “It’s a social afternoon when we try to invite a speaker along or ask one of our ladies to tell us her life story.

“We have 15 women who come from Deeping St Nicholas and who like getting together on an afternoon to have tea, coffee, a raffle and give a donation to a charity chosen by the speaker.

“The meetings are really informal and last month, we had a talk about the London Underground by a lady called Barbara Fitzgerald.”

Guild secretary and churchwarden at St Nicholas Church in the village, Sue Titcombe, said: “The Ladies Guild is still technically a church group but it cuts right across all age groups.

“It’s open to everybody and in the past, we’ve had councillors, the police and fire officers at our meetings to give advice to elderly people.

“Our door is always open and we have all sorts of people who try to put the worlds to rights.”

For more information, call Doreen on 01775 630434.