The Trefoil Guild
By Michael Browne
Hatfield Trefoil Guild
This is a photo of the members of the Trefoil Guild which was taken in 1969 and was at a sale of their work in the Memorial Hall after a soft toy making competition. Thanks to my sister in law, Rae Browne (nee Hutchins) and her cousin Jean Cross, I am able to give the names of all the members. As you will see from the list our parents were members of the Guild; and at this time we think my mother Beryl Browne was the Chairperson of the Hatfield Group a position I know she held for about 20 years. All these ladies would had been Girl Guides as teenagers and they used met in the Guide hut in Ground Lane.
I know a good percentage of the ladies in this photograph will be recognised as long term members of a number of other organisations in Hatfield. I recognise many of them from my time as a teenager in town in the 1950s; when they were active like my Mum; who was also a member of the Mothers Union and the two Women’s Institute branches right up to her death at 76 in 1991.
Back Row (l to r) Eva Bishop, Ethel Bowler, Mrs Burton, Mrs Murchie (County Trefoil Guild Chairman)
Second Row (l to r) – Beattie Hostler, Mrs “Marge” Preece, Beryl Browne, Nellie Sharman,
Etella Hitchins (Rae’s Mum hiding behind Michelle Rose the Brownie) Averil Sharp
Front Row )l to r) – Sybil Vyse, Mollie Cross (Jeans mum), Marion Rose (Aunt to Rae and Michelle ‘s grandmother), Eve Hart.