THE speaker on this occasion was Beauty Therapist Wendy Kemp, who is now a Lecturer at Stroud College. After having worked in various beauty salons in the past, she explained about skin care and that her specialities are Facials and Dermatology. It was surprising to learn that there is a Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Salon within the College and that it is possible to go along (having booked in advance) to experience the various treatments for a modest charge. The students taking the 2 year Beauty Therapy Course need practical experience under the watchful eyes of course of their lecturers.

Wendy talked first about the largest organ of the body, namely the skin. She explained its structure and what happens to our skin as we age. However, all is not lost as there are preventative measures, but not a sudden cure. Useful hints were given plus the various creams and lotions used at the salon; she talked enthusiastically about the benefit of a non-invasive procedure called microdermabrasion, which is an intensive exfoliating treatment to help improve the top layer of the skin. Although the salon appears to be aimed at female clients, Wendy assured us that they have some regular men customers as well! On behalf of all members, Joy Schoen thanked Wendy for such an interesting talk.

Competition winners (a beauty tip) were Shirley Charley and Irene Byron. Raffle winner was Mary Davis.

Refreshments were provided by Elaine Roffe and Marion Watkins.

The next W.I meeting will be on Tuesday, April 6 starting at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, when the speaker will be Wendy Hill, talking about Women in Elgar' s Life. The competition will be to bring along a landscape photo. Visitors are welcome to attend at a cost of £2.50.