Date: December 12th Start: 8:00pm Talk by: Dick & Pam Wenley Entry: £2 with refreshments
An evening of light hearted entertainment with a Christmas theme and seasonal refreshments.
The photo shown here is of the first ever commercially printed Christmas card commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on 1 May 1843. The central picture showed three generations of a family raising a toast to the card’s recipient: on either side were scenes of charity, with food and clothing being given to the poor. Allegedly the image of the family drinking wine together proved controversial, but the idea was shrewd: Cole had helped introduce the Penny Post three years earlier. Two batches totaling 2,050 cards were printed and sold that year for a shilling each.
The Pavilion, Wethersfield Playing Field
Hedingham Road, Wethersfield, CM7 4BZ
How to find
Entering Wethersfield from Braintree on the B1053, turn right at the junction by the village green onto High St. Head 300 yards up the hill, before you leave the village you will see the Playing Field and Pavilion on the right with a car park beside the Tennis Court.
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