One of the earliest place names in the parish of Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire is Halkerton, or Hawker's Town, the residence of the king's hawker or falconer. It is said that the third generation son, Ranulph was the first to take the surname of Falconer. Robert le Falconer was the first to have his name associated with the estate of Haulkerton who swore fealty to King Edward I of England in 1296.
"The eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me eleven ladies dancing..." There were eleven ladies in the Ladies Aid Society of Verdun including my grandmother, Sadie (Sarah) King, age 16, in the front row, and my two great grandmothers... Rebecca Mavor and Mary Jane King. I am pretty sure they didn't do much dancing, but my grandmother was taught how to play the piano at the school she attended, and she played the organ for singing hymns at the end of their meetings.
My grandmother was pretty good at labeling photos, thank heavens!!
Back - lt-rt: Mrs Evely, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Mavor, Mrs Dawson Middle: Mrs Bradbury, Mrs Hayden, Flo Bradbury, Mrs King Front: Sadie King, Jessie Bradbury, Mrs Brown Reg Cummings - Photographer - cor Wellington & Gordon, Verdun Ladies Aid Society of Verdun Methodist Church (later Verdun United) She did not write the name of the lady standing on the far right, who is not one of the Society. My grandmother had no idea at the time that Mrs Mavor would become her mother-in-law. Is one of these ladies your Verdun ancestor? The Ladies Aid Society had social meetings (often a tea or strawberry social) and often had a religious speaker. They held fundraisers to make money for the upkeep of the church. They also helped out with the war effort.
Many times as a child when I went to stay with my grandmother she took me to help out at her teas or rummage sales at the church.