What a blissful morning! I was back in Exeter, one of my favourite towns, and the one where I spent three years as a student, so as I was looking back at my University years, how fitting that one of the town centre hotels should play host to a fabulous vintage fair.
"Crikey it's vintage" was a one day celebration of vintage with amazing clothes stalls and handmade goodies. It was absolutely heaving and a lovely morning of shopping (and this is from someone who hates shopping). I only bought a cake stand, a bedspread, a Christmas decoration for my sister, a 60s dress and a Leslie Charteris book.
Ticket sales went towards the Women's Land Army Tribute:
The Women’s Land Army Tribute project has been established by the Staffordshire Women’s Food and Farming Union.
THE AIMS OF THE PROJECT ARE:
1.To raise enough funds to provide a permanent memorial and lasting tribute.
2.To commission a sculptor to design and create an appropriate memorial, which will be installed and erected at the National Memorial Arboretum.
3.To organise an appropriate dedication ceremony.
4.To raise awareness of the project and make every effort to contact former Women’s Land Army Girls and Lumber Jill’s.
HOW ARE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE IT?
We will promote a high profile fundraising campaign to achieve the aims of our project. We will seek quotations for all aspects of the project from appropriate experts and invite them to tender for the work through a proper tendering process which will be overseen by the Staffordshire WFU under the umbrella of the National WFU. We will raise funds through grants, sponsorships and donations.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ACHIEVE IT?
We aim to have the memorial designed, manufactured and installed at the National Memorial Arboretum with a target date of October 2012.
THE MEMORIAL DEDICATION
We aim to have a ceremony to dedicate the memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum when the project has been completed. This memorial will recognise and acknowledge the achievements of the Women’s Land Army – a legacy for future generations.
The Women’s Food and Farming Union (WFU), which was founded in 1979, has branches all over the UK. The Staffordshire branch started in 1985. The WFU is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting an understanding of, and confidence in, all aspects of quality British produce. Its strap line has always been ‘Linking Producer with Consumer’ and as members we like to feel that we represent the interests of both consumers and producers to the benefit of British agriculture. www.wfu.org.uk
“They had obeyed the call of duty in the nation’s hour of greatest peril and Britain owed them an everlasting debt”
HM The Queen Mother October 1950