In a previous blog post I mentioned a group I help run called Retro Wrens. We originally wanted to start a young version of a WI but it turned out a) there was already one in our town and b) there’s a lot more to it than a monthly meet. For starters you have to have a president, secretary and treasurer and none of us really wanted that responsibility!
So we started Retro Wrens.
Something Vintage, Something New, Make New Friends In A Town Near You.
|One of our handmade posters. Penny farthings actually used to have a wren on them!|
We meet once month at Spout for tea, cake and whatever activity we’ve chosen for that month.
This month we chose something a little different. An interactive talk about the 1940’s with Miss Pitchy Patchy and a vintage hair workshop.
To say I loved this event would be an understatement. I got to wear my hair in a 1940’s do, wear a stole, red lippie and listen to music on a real life gramophone! Miss Pitchy Patchy even presented me with a gift. A gorgeous tablecloth with my initial embroidered in the corner! What a sweetie!
|A box of goodies|
|Some Wrens busy making|
Miss Pitchy Patchy lead us in a talk on what it was like to be a women during WW2. From what women wore to how they did their hair (hairspray was rationed so they used sugar water to keep it in place). Where they worked, what they ate and rations – did you know soap was rationed to one bar per household and that was used for the washing up and on yourself, including hair! Can you imagine what their hair and skin must have felt like.
After listening to Miss Pitchy Patchy’s stories it’s certainly made me feel humbled and a reminder that life is very different for woman today.
|Miss Pitchy Patchy at a vintage fair|
During the talk we were also shown how to style our hair in various 1940’s styles. How these women managed it without hairspray and tongs is a mystery!!
I enjoy our Retro Wren nights, not just because we’re learning something new but because I get to talk to people I probably wouldn’t meet in normal circumstances, oh and eat cake!
|Me with my hair up! I never wear my hair up!!|
Do you go to a WI or something similar to Retro Wrens? Would you be interested in starting a Retro Wrens group? Let me know, maybe I can help.