Written by Dr Joanne Smith
Church Minshull has a vibrant and dynamic community, with many activities being effectively organised by local women who dedicate much time and effort to improving the lives of parishioners. One only has to look on the Village Arena Website for evidence of the ubiquitous nature of women's engagement in their local community. But has this always been the case? What contribution did women make to the village throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? How did they engage in aspects of village life? How were activities and services for local residents provided in an era without the internet? Why was the church central in bringing women together? Did women share common community interests?