Nancy posed the question – and the answer “What do Glasgow and Paris have in common?…De barras” lol
The Barras Market in Glasgow was established somewhere in the early part of the 20th century with traders selling everything and anything from their handcarts (barras). Our market stalls were established much more recently than that – on Wednesday evening to be exact, with the purpose of swapping our wares, and in the process, doing our bit for recycling. 😄
Our inspiration was actually the flea markets of Paris, and if you didn’t get to the meeting you’ll hopefully be able to see some signs of that from the photographs.
The hall became Place de la Madeleine, and it was there we found the Brocante (flea market/secondhand market), with the pretty Café de la Paix located opposite. Around European markets you’ll always find some great mood music and ours was provided by Joe Dassin, Manhatten Transfer and the great Edith Piaf. Did I spot some dancers up on the floor…?
It didn’t take too long for the market stalls to be ‘sold out’ – as everyone scurried around trying to pick up the best bargains!
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Once our swapping was finished we did what all dedicated shoppers do – settle down in a cafe for a little treat and a good blether.
On the menu:
From the Boulangerie
- French Baguette
- French Farmhouse Pate
- Savoury Pinwheels
- Pain au Chocolat
- Brioche with chicken breast & mango chutney
From the Patisserie
- Vanilla Slices
- Fresh Fruit Tarts
- French Macarons
- Custard Carmel Crunch
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The message behind the meeting
As with all our Additional Meetings, there’s a message that it’s based on, and that message, Provident Living, was given by Nancy in her introduction.
Nancy read a story taken from The Life of Spencer W Kimball:
As a young couple, Spencer W. Kimball and his wife, Camilla, “knew they weren’t rich. But they had work and ability. They knew how to manage their own money, living within their income, saving for the future.”
The Kimballs lived through times of widespread economic difficulties—World War I (1914–18), the Great Depression (1929–39), and World War II (1939–45). Having experienced these challenges, President Kimball concluded, “What I have seen with my own eyes makes me afraid not to do what I can to protect against the calamities.”
Among the things he saw were the struggles of others: “All my life from childhood I have heard the Brethren saying, ‘get out of debt and stay out of debt.’ I was employed for some years in the banks and I saw the terrible situation that many people were in because they had ignored that important counsel.”
In addition to his bank work, Spencer kept the account books for some of the local stores. “One of the shocking things of my life was to find on the books the accounts of many of the people in the community that I knew. I knew them. I knew approximately what their income was, and then I saw them wear it away. In other words, I saw they were buying their clothes, their shoes, everything they had ‘on time.’
“And I found that it was my duty to make the bills at the end of the month for them. And many of them couldn’t pay at the end of the month. They couldn’t pay even the installments that were arranged for them. And having been reared in a home that took care of its funds, I couldn’t understand it. I could understand how a person could buy a home on time or perhaps could even buy an automobile on time. But I never could quite understand how anybody would wear clothes they didn’t own. Or eat food that they had to buy ‘on time.’”
In his teachings President Kimball addressed not only financial issues but also other matters related to provident living, such as personal responsibility, work, and home food production and storage. He said: “Let us practice the principles of personal and family preparedness in our daily lives. ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear’ (D&C 38:30).”
Nancy explained that the term “on time” is what we today call HP or on the “never never”.
She continued “even then people sometimes held down two jobs in order to meet their needs. These two sentences were important…But I never could quite understand how anybody would wear clothes they didn’t own. Or eat food that they had to buy ‘on time’. Today our prophets encourage us to get out of debt and stay out of debt.”
The Additional Meeting could have been simply portrayed as a fun night, but we hope that it helped to illustrate that not everything that we accumulate in our homes has to be brand new. Recycling isn’t only good for the environment, it’s good for our wallets too.
- Naiomi & Penny for the use of their lovely pot plants!
- Jez and the elders for setting out the tables & chairs
- John for stepping in to help set up
- All the sisters who baked and those who shopped to stock the boulangerie and the patisserie.
- Frances and Hanna for serving the food
- Margaret for being the ‘doorman’ and handing out labels
- Nancy for introducing the meeting
- Everyone who brought along swapping goods
- And finally, a big thank you to everyone on the committee who put so much effort into planning and preparing the meeting.