Friendship Club

PUBLISHED: 15:38 02 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:12 31 May 2010

Chairman Wendy Bartholomeusz welcomed 54 members to the February meeting and notice was given of the United Reformed Church Spring Fair on March 10, and the Holy Cross Church summer fete on June 2. After many years of devoted duty providing tea at the mon

Chairman Wendy Bartholomeusz welcomed 54 members to the February meeting and notice was given of the United Reformed Church Spring Fair on March 10, and the Holy Cross Church summer fete on June 2. After many years of devoted duty providing tea at the monthly meetings, Pat Bunn and Vera Metson have decided to retire. The club thanked them both for their service and gave thanks to Veronica Chopping and Kate Steele for volunteering to take up the baton. The speaker for the afternoon was Mrs Pamela Whitfield, who related Tales of an Antique Dealer. Pamela's interest began when she bought a small cranberry jug for 75p at a boot sale then sold it on for £7.50. Later discovering that it was worth £75! Pamela spoke of many people she had met in the antiques world, including Trevor Carnforth, Paul Atterbury, Henry Sandon, Bunny Campione and John Bly. Paul Martin from Flog It developed his love of antique furniture while working at the Pinewood film studio. Many less-famous people have also impressed Mrs Whitfield in her lifetime of antique dealing and she concluded with the story of how, in her early days, she bought what she thought was a piece of Victorian milk glass for 50p only to find out later that it was a modern cosmetic jar! Pamela tries to be optimistic and hopes that if she keeps it for another 20 years or so, it may prove to be an 'antique of the future'.


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