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August Meeting Summary and September Agenda

August meeting
We had quite a good attendance to this months meeting. Always less members this month because of holidays .
Our demonstrator was Estelle Mann, a new visitor to our group, and she came very well recommended.
Her subject was ” Snow globes “.
Which she made using gelatine and sugarpaste, something that none of us had seen before
It was hard to believe what could be achieved using such simple imgredients and like all good teachers she made it look so easy
With lots of usefull tips and clear information we were all totally engrossed and at one point she asked if we were interested as we were so quiet .
But we were quiet because this demonstration was truly a light bulb moment for us all .
I’ve already asked her to visit us again. And were looking forwards to seeing what she has to show us then.

Our next meeting is

Our demonstrator this month is Rabana Christescu and she will be showing us some chocolate work .Chocolate is always a popular subject and with christmas on the horizon we’ll be keen to learn something new .

If you would like to come along be sure of a warm welcome .
We meet in st Mary’s hall . Wolsey rd . At 7.30pm .if you would like more information you can ring Glenda on 01449 615382.

Food for Friends for Funds and Afternoon Tea

After a long break due to unforseen cicumstances we’ve just had our first lunch this season

Seven of us sat down to lunch on what was billed the hottest day of the year so far . The main course is always agreed on before the date and is the same for everyone but there is always a choice of starter and desert.
The menu for this lunch was as follows..
Home made bread rolls
Smoked mackerel pate
with onion relish .
toast and a salad garnish

Warm Salmon ,prawn and asparagus tartlet
with a salad garnish

Fan of melon
Seasonal fruit coulis
Lemon sorbet.

Homemade tomato and roasted Pepper soup

Main course

Home made hunters chicken
(Chicken with cheese wrapped in smoked ham baked with a homemade b.b.q.sauce .)

Grilled large field mushrooms
Grilled vine tomatoes
New potatoes.
Petite pois.


Chocolate and baileys torte served with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream

Elderflower pannacott.
Gooseberry compote
Homemade viennese biscuit.

Warm apricot and almond tart
Whipped cream

Tea or coffee and mints
Soft drinks

Anyone is welcome to bring wine if they want to.

The group who dined this time were insistent that the cost of lunch should rise and paid £ 12 a head .which is good news for our funds and is probably more realistic than previously.

The conversation turned to more dates and it was suggested that perhaps afternoon tea might be a new idea to try perhaps starting at 2.30pm.
This might be a good idea during the summer months .
Might try it later in August .
I’ll get some dates and before the meeting

Work in progress
But something like the following
Savoury plate
Assorted finger sandwiches
Individual quiche
Sausage rolls
Cheese rusks

Sweet plate
Scones .jam and cream
Sponge cake .
Fruit cake
Selection of individual cakes
( unlikely to include cupcakes 😊)
Individual trifle
(or something similar)

Tea ,coffee or cold drinks
(Yorkshire tea)

The plan is that everything except the sliced bread for the sandwiches will be homemade

August Draw

The theme for this month’s draw is “holidays”

We did this one last year .
The winner had a lovely prize .
Miniature toiletries. Wipes . Sunscreen . after sun care .wine.
Puzzle books, paperbacks.pens . Tissues .Postcards .toothpaste .disposable tooth brushes .document case . Paracetamol.and a first aid kit.insect repellent .cartons of soft drinks .snacks and barley sugar.

So much I can’t remember it all .
That’s what so good about this way of doing a raffle ; it makes us think and sometime the thoughts are inspired

July 2018 Meeting

JULY meeting….

Our demonstrator this month was Gemma Parker from Gemma’s crafty cakes in Felixstowe. We hadn’t seen Gemma for a few months and had been looking forwards to this demonstration .
Our members all enjoyed her demonstration showing us how to create the cutest sitting up teddy bear. Gemma made it look very achievable and I’m sure a lot of our members will have a go themselves.
When it was finished Gemma gave it to the club to raffle and it was won by a member with a birthday that same week .
A big thank you to Gemma for a lovely demonstration


August meeting
Our speaker in August is new to our club but comes highly reccomended.
Estelle Mann will be showing us how to make snow globes using gelatine and sugarpaste . Completely new to us, so something to look forward to .

Apple Day at The Museum of East Anglian Life

The Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket have sent the following message. Glenda
———————————————————————————–Hi Glenda,
It was nice to talk to you just now. Just to recap what I said:

I wondered whether the club might be interested in getting involved in the museum’s new apple day – ‘Cider and Song’ – which is taking place on Saturday 20 October? We’ve got all kinds of activities planned including a food historian and apple tastings. We’re going to be planting an orchard at the museum this winter and will be cutting a ribbon on the first tree at the event. Some of your members got involved in our 50th anniversary fete last year and I seem to remember them saying that if we got in touch sooner, the club might be interested in having a showcase of some kind. I wondered if orchards might be an interesting theme.

We are also looking for people to bake cakes to sell as part of our fundraising for the new orchard.

Let me know if you are interested and if so, how you think it would be best for you to be involved.


01449 618222


July Meeting

July meeting
Our speaker for July is Gemma Parker from ” Gemma’s Crafty Cakes” in Felixstowe. Gemma will be showing us how to make a sitting teddy bear – in cake and sugar of course.
RAFFLE – theme is “Picnics!”

Note for your diary
Our speaker for September will be Ribanna Cristescu. Ribanna visited us last year and did a demonstration of pulled and blown sugar .
This time she will be doing a demonstration of chocolate work .
We would love to welcome any visitors to join us for what should be an interesting and informative evening.

June Meeting

June meeting

Unfortunately Liz Ungless our speaker this month had to cancel at the last moment due to illness . Fortunately for us, club member Jean stepped in to show us her way of making rice paper flowers .
Jean was inspired by Chris Kerrigan’s dem last year and has been perfecting her own way of making the flowers. Perfecting is the key word here – her flowers were beautiful !!
She also wowed us with her method of making moulds and viners . Silicone sealant and corn flour!!!!!
Took 5 minutes to make and it’s possible uses are endless
A huge thank you to Jean for stepping in at the last moment and for a brilliant demonstration .

Liz Ungless will now be
Visiting us for the August meeting.

February Meeeting

A good turn out on a cold winter meeting.

Having been let down by the demonstrator for this month who was going to show us how to make macarons, club member Jean bravely stepped into the breach and offered to do the dem for us .
Jean makes the most amazing macarons , all flavours and quite divine to eat .

After transporting all the equipment that she needed to use she was brave enough to show us ,step by step how to make these very temperamental little delights
So much could have gone wrong but it didn’t. We watched every stage of making them , then the best bit , we all got to try them . Delicious .!!!
We all agreed that this had been a really enjoyable evening and our thanks and gratitude to Jean for working so hard to make the evening the success it was.