Our usual look back at the last year and check that our finances are all in good order .
Chris our treasurer was happy to report that all is good and thanks to the fund raising monthly themed raffle and the Food with Friends For Funds lunches there is no reason to increase our subscriptions . So all round good news .
Once the business of the evening was over it was down to the really important part of the evening , Our cheese and biscuit supper.
Although this was the business evening for the club it was a really pleasant evening.
Our speaker for May is Gemma Parker of ” Gemma’s Crafty Cakes” in Felixstowe.
Gemma will be showing us how she made some of the decorations she used on some of the cakes that won her Gold and Silver
prizes at the cake international sugarcraft show.
So we look forwards to that.
If your interested in sugarcraft ,we’d love you to visit us .
A well attended meeting and as is our usual practice for our January meeting , I did the demonstration . This avoids the problems that arise if the weather is bad and means we don’t need to worry about visiting demonstrators not being able to reach to us .
The subject for the demonstration was a rose , but not a sugarcraft flower , but turning a sponge cake itself into a large rose.
Cutting ,layering, triming and crumb coating first .then using sugarpaste to create the petals..no specialist equipment .just basic scone cutters and a rolling pin . Anyone can do it !
And the best thing about this cake is that it can be made in a couple of hours .
I think the demonstration went well with our members. And I enjoyed showing how to create the cake. I think a really good evening .
We did the cake stall today at Stowupland to help club member Alison .
Brilliant day .very hard work but good fun.
Huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes .
The photos will give you an Idea of the sheer quality and quantity of what we sold
We were very proud to stand behind the table and on behalf of the club take all the compliments that we’re showered on us .
Our speaker this month’s was club member Roger .
Roger demonstrated how to make a fondant icing using boiled sugar Working it on a marble slab till it turns white and then adding a stock syrup and warming it to a pouring consistency This gave a lovely glossy icing for French fancies ,éclairs and custard slices
All quite delicious .
He also used boiled sugar to make some crystallised fruits which us members all declared to be far superior to the commercially produced products available in the shops .
All agreed that it was a really enjoyable demonstration and are delighted that Roger has agreed to do another dem next year .
I have had an email from the Bury sugarcraft club inviting us to go along to their next meeting on 19th November.
Their demonstrator is Georgie Godbold and I think Beryl will be with her . So it’s sure to be an entertaining evening . always a good double act .
They meet in the Hyndman centre.
Bury St Edmunds
The meeting starts at 7.45pm
Obviously a visitors charge and I’m not sure how much that is but probably similar to ours.
Here is the picture of the little display that we put out at the museum . The museum were delighted with it and happy that as a local organisation we had contributed to the event which was to celaebrate the planting of a traditional orchard at the museum .
Thank you to everyone who contributed .
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.
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.
The meeting was well attended considering it is January and the weather more conducive to staying in the warm and dry
Our chairlady Glenda did a demonstation of wiring sugar flowers into sprays
She started with some advice on how to recognise the gauge wire to use for different flowers and showing the various ways that flowers and foliage can be made on the wire.
Then went on to wire four of the most popular shaped sprays . A crescent , a shower , a hogarth curve
( otherwise known as a sloppy S shape), and a conical posy.
With plenty of questions from the members it was a very pleasant evening
For some members it was all new to them for others they had seen it all before but agreed it was good to have a reminder .
February Meeting Februby 12th
The speaker who was originally booked to do this dem is not able to do it now but we are very fortunate that club members Jean and Robert have offered to step into the breach and show us how they are made.
This is no small undertaking so we are very gratefull to them both .