Harlow Women's Institute

Member of the Federation of Essex Women's Institutes
Charity Registration Number 228992

Sunday 16 October 2011

Meeting 12th October 2011
A lovely warm sunny afternoon brought in a good crowd for the meeting today. The speaker today was Mr Richard Thomas from the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey. We learnt a great deal about the history of gunpowder and of the mills and gunpowder transportation methods some of which were particularly unsafe and harrowing for those concerned. We also learnt about gun powders accidental discovery and of the three key components of gunpowder, but warned that it was probably best not to try and make it at home!! Ha Ha!! I don't think there were any true worries on that score.
Here is a photograph of Mr Thomas proudly showing one of the metal tools used to remove the compressed gunpowder from the wooden sheeting and his book entitled ' The Explosions at the Royal Gunpowder Mills'.

Next meeting date is- November 9th which will be the AGM.
The competition is- A small autumn arrangement.
There will be no speaker at this meeting.

Decembers meeting is on the 14th and is entitled 'Audio visuals- Pictures to music' and will be given by Mr & Mrs B Tester. The competition is a handmade Christmas card.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.