March 2018

The speaker at the March meeting was the wonderful and talented Roger Brown.

His presentation was called “ New Orleans to New York” and featured a journey of musical styles from Jazz to Musical Theatre.

It was a highly entertaining evening of music and amusing stories 

 

 

Members attended the International Women’s Day evening talk about Elizabeth Raffald at Staircase House in Stockport.

Cook, publisher, housekeeper, pub landlady, business woman, shopkeeper, mother – all these things were part of Elizabeth’s extraordinary life. Suze Appleton gave an insight into Elizabeth’s life from her extensive research. about-elizabeth-raffald

 

 

The Monday book club read ‘The buried Giant’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the Thursday book club read ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr

 

 

The Lunch/Supper Club had lunch at the Farmers Arms in Poynton

 

Members went to an evening at Bramall Hall in Bramhall to attend a wonderful lecture called ‘Textiles in the Elizabethan and Jacobean country house’ that looked at how country houses, were lived in, decorated, and made comfortable during the period 1550 to 1700. The speaker was Dr Bostwick, lecturer and consultant on historic buildings, who talked about how each room was furnished with woven and embroidered textiles appropriate to its use.

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The craft workshop in March was ‘Mixed Media fabric Bowls’ – courtesy of Jenny R. A fun and gluey evening was had by all

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October happenings

The monthly meeting was held on Monday 23rd October. The speaker was Dr Brian Schneider who gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘Murder, Madness and the OED’ [A history of dictionaries and the OED. In particular  Sir James Murray who was the primary editor of the OED) from 1879 until his death; and and one of the largest contributors to the OED,  Dr. W. C. Minor, who was held in a lunatic asylum for murder during the time of his contribution to the OED]

Thursday Book Club read “Knowledge of Angels” by June Paton Walsh and the Monday Book Club is reading “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald

 

5 Disley Detectives solved the murder of Jimmy Johnson, nightclub owner, in Manchester.  (Manhunt is a murder-mystery event – see website manhuntmanchester) They got a little soggy but those grey cells still worked! They even met Hercule Poirot!

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The Bridge Club met at Yvonne B’s house

There was a ‘craft club social’ aka a drink in the Rams Head 🙂 

Lunch/ Supper Club had supper at Turquoise in Bramhall (Mediterranean cuisine)

Lots of members gathered at the community centre to make leaves for our poppy project

The Craft Workshop was Piano Hinge Book Binding

 

 

A few members had a trip to the Vintage Home Show at the Victoria Baths in Manchester. A very successful shopping trip – not so successful at getting  a slice of homemade cake!

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Happenings in May

Eleven members got together to learn how to make resin jewellery – a fun evening and some amazing designs were created. 

Here they are in the moulds and bottle caps …

Many thanks to Elicia for this workshop 🙂

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The Arts and Culture Club had their bi-monthly meeting in the Rams Head to discuss and arrange some cultural outings. The latest Culture Club programme is available from Maggie or our Facebook page

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Moira arranged a gentle keep fit class for members …

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The Thursday Book Club read ‘spill simmer falter wither‘ by Sara Baume

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The Bridge Club met for their monthly get-together …

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The Lunch/Supper Club went to the Three Bears in Hazel Grove for lunch 

 

April roundup

Our April speaker was Jenny’s husband, Mark Ross, who gave us a very entertaining talk on self-defence (and insight into his and Jenny’s home life!!)

And many thanks to Mark for stepping in at the last minute 🙂

The first ‘5 Minute Advocate’  was Val Edwards and she talked about dementia awareness

(The ‘5 Minute Advocate’ is a new initiative, at each monthly meeting 5 minutes will set aside where a member will be invited to speak on a subject close to their hearts)

The Baking Club had a session of gluten free baking

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The Thursday Book Club read ‘We Need to talk about Kevin’ by Lionel Shriver

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The Bridge Club meets almost every week – they have become addicted!  (official monthly Bridge get-together is the first Thursday evening each month)

The Craft Group met to have a drink and a chat in the Rams Head

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The Supper Club went to the Blue Nile in Hazel Grove