As 2016 draws to its end I would like to take this opportunity to look back on the last year.

It’s been such a good year for speakers.
Very to interest us all, with demonstrations on Bass Relief , Royal Icing techniques,  an “Ombre ” cake, sugar paste baubles (more about those later) sugar doves, giant material stars, cakes that look like a teapot,and so much more .
We have welcomed new speakers and some old friends to demonstrate to us and enjoyed them all.
Having started the year a little short on funds we have managed to add some cash to our coffers with thanks to the monthly themed raffle and the “Lunches with friends for funds”  the plan is to carry this  fund raising over to next year.
After many years of doing the video for us our video man has had to give up. We thank him for all the years he has come to our meetings and we will miss him.
If you know of anyone who could do the video for us please let me know. 
And back to the sugar baubles; in other words our Christmas tree in the church. Last year the tree was amazing and I didn’t think we could better it. I was wrong . So very wrong..
This year the tree is stunning, truly stunning.
For me Christmas starts when we decorate the tree, and this year as the tree gradually filled up I was truly speechless at what you had all created…  My next thought was” how do we better this” and I have to admit that as of this moment  l still don’t know the answer to that, so suggestions please please. ..
Another lost for words moment was when we  collected in the photos for the 2017 calendar. The work in those photographs was truly wonderful and we would like to have used all the pictures. Unfortunately we couldn’t use many of them purely because of the  composition of the picture. So this year we’re having a demonstration on taking photographs of cakes to help us all get the very best pictures of our work and  be able to get more into the 2018 calendar.
We’ll also need good photography for another project we’re planning.  We would like to create a recipe book of members favourite dishes. We’ ll be asking you to write out your favourite recipes and  take a photograph of  the completed dish. We will then put them into some sort of order and then Sandy will get them printed in a booklet. The idea is to sell them to help raise some funds.
With so much going on last year I need to get busy and start on next year’s programme. If you would like to see something demonstrated please let me know and I’ll do my best to find an appropriate speaker.
On behalf of Sandy ,Jane and myself ,
I would like to thank you all for your support and  the help you give to our club and wish you all a very happy new year

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