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Our speaker for June was Kenneth Goddard, whose subject was ‘Opera for the Uninitiated.’ Kenneth’s presentation was very interesting and his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the genre shone through. He explained the tragic plotlines of several operas (apparently the soprano always dies!) and screened songs from Tosca, Carmen (the famous Toreador song) and La Bohème and the death of Mimi - sung, of course, in Italian or French, with English subtitles (Kenneth explained that when performed live on stage, ‘surtitles’ above the stage are used.)

Unfortunately the evening sunshine made it difficult to see the screen - which led to a complete 90 degree turnaround of screen, technical equipment and seats - and a slight improvement!

Members feared homelessness when it was announced that Kilby’s United Reform Chapel, our meeting place for well over 30 years, was to close in June.
The Chapel was the scene of many delightful Christmas parties. Everyone brought their best party dish, so the supper was splendid beyond belief. Following supper, there were games (including pass the parcel) which Joan Gamble accompanied on the piano and later carols to end the evening. Kilby WI also organised a Harvest Supper in the Chapel each autumn, which was a popular village event.

As the Chapel could be fitted out with stage curtains and lighting, three never to be forgotten pantomimes, ‘Cinders’, ‘The Sleeping Cutie’ and ‘Puss in Boots’ were performed there, written, directed and acted by Kilby WI ladies themselves. The cast had to rehearse in an icy cold chapel, as it was too expensive to have the heat on.

As Kilby has no village hall, it was difficult to think of another venue for our WI, but Kilby School was approached and they have kindly agreed that we can meet there.

As this was our final meeting at the United Reformed Chapel after 30 years it was most fitting that for his final rendition Kenneth played the Last Night of the Proms, which of course includes Jerusalem. So with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as our backing group we all sang Jerusalem; a fine ending to an era.

Kilby WI will surely continue to flourish in our new venue. Visitors are always most welcome.


Cecily Nisbet
Issue 414
September 2019


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