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Blanche Rogers

Tree planted by Blanche Rogers

Activism

Not a lot is known about Blanche Rogers, other than she married Frederick William Rogers - secretary of the Bristol Men's League for Women's Suffrage - and had two daughters. The family lived at Kensington Villas.

It is likely that Blanche met Annie Kenney, and the Blathwayts, when Annie was WSPU organiser in Bristol.  In 1911, Blanche, evaded the census with Bath suffragettes in a house Mildred Mansel rented in Landsdown Crescent.  Shortly before, on 27 February 1911, Blanche planted a Ilex Aquifolium, Scotia Holly at Eagle House. 

Later Life

Blanche was active in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom after the war. In 1921, the Western Daily Press reported that she had performed a recital of 'Paolo and Francesca' in aid of Save the Children and the Bristol distress fund (for the unemployed).

In 1935, Blanche is listed as a member of the Pot Pourri Concert Party which raised funds for a British Legion concert at Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol.