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Talks & Presentations for Groups and Clubs by Sarah Harris from Spinning Weal 

These presentations are suitable for WI meetings, church groups, history clubs, and for general interest. Sarah is available for daytime or evening bookings, and keeps a diary for at least a year ahead. Contact her for further information at, or telephone Spinning Weal on 01275 876000. If Sarah is not there, staff will take a provisional booking and Sarah will call you back to confirm. The fee for talks is £50. 

A History of Windmills and Windmillers in Somerset 

This is a slide show, tracing the rise and fall of the windmilling trade in Somerset. The specific type of mill to be found in the county is examined, together with the lives of the millers who worked with these remarkable machines. 

A History of Hand Spinning 

This presentation traces the long history of hand spinning, and its place in textile manufacture up until the Industrial Revolution. Hand spindles and historic spinning wheels are brought along to be shown in use, including a reproduction great wheel, which features the sharp spindle made famous by the tale of Sleeping Beauty. 

A History of Knitting Patterns 

This is more fun than it sounds, and we see how social history is expressed through knitting patterns, from the earliest printed patterns, through to the current revival of the craft. This is a nostalgic journey for those who once suffered the indignities of a knitted swimsuit, and a look at the fashions of a bygone, but not necessarily a more innocent, age. Illustrated with slides of patterns from Sarah's extensive collection. 

Marie Antoinette's Guide to Farming 

This is a light hearted tale of a woman who knew nothing about farming, but who set herself up with a little farm, rather as Marie Antoinette did. The tale follows the trials and tribulations of a novice farmer, and the adventures of an amorous bantam cockerel named Barry White. There are some sexual references in this talk, not explicit, rather comical, not offensive, but it is best to warn you..... 
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