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Invitation to attend Elsie Widdowson Plaque Unveiling

Elsie Widdowson CH CBE FRS  was a pioneer nutrition scientist and dietitian who worked in Cambridge and lived in Barrington from 1938 until her death in 2000. Among many other things, she created the first UK food composition tables, tested wartime rations and shaped the modern loaf.

Her blue plaque ( from Cambridge, Past, Present and Future)  was financed by the Nutrition Society, the British Dietetic Association, the British Nutrition Foundation, and the Royal Society. It will be unveiled by Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE ( Elsie’s friend, colleague and biographer)  in two short ceremonies to take place in Barrington on 27/6/21.  The first ceremony will be in the Village Hall at 13.00. The second (an action replay of the first) will take place on the Village Green at 16.00 near the eventual siting of the plaque on the house adjoining the shop, which used to be the village bakery. The event has been planned to coincide with Barrington Open Gardens which takes place between 14.00 and 17.00 on that afternoon . There will be an exhibition about Elsie in the Village Hall.

All are welcome to come to Barrington for the afternoon and to attend the 16.00 ceremony. Special invitations to Elsie’s close friends and colleagues will be sent for the 13.00 ceremony, because of the need to limit numbers in the Hall.

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