Nov 18

Caynham Ashford WI October 2017

Chris welcomed members to the October meeting in Caynham and said how nice it was to have three guests, Kay, Lyn and Sandra joining us for the evening.
The speaker for the evening was John Swift. John is a fifth generation baker and proud to carry on the family tradition started by his great, great, great aunt Harriet in 1863. John was one of the four bakers selected from a thousand entries to appear on the BBC television series Victorian Bakers. He told us how authentic the filming was, enduring long hours with very little sleep, eating a Victorian diet, wearing Victorian clothes and being denied any modern 21st century comforts such as television, computers or telephones for the duration of the filming. They had to bake bread using the equipment and technology of the day. No mixing machine, coal and wood fired oven with no thermometer to help set the oven temperature. It was so arduous John lost two stone whilst filming. It really was very interesting, not only the appalling working conditions but also the way the programme was produced and presented.
The Group Meeting at Knowbury was very well attended and proved to be a very enjoyable evening. The speaker, Colin Richards, gave a very interesting talk about Conserving the Saxon Villages of Transylvania. The competition was ‘Decorating Eggs’ and was won by Caynham Ashford with a quaint model of a Saxon Village. As usual there was a delightful supper and an enjoyable evening was had by all.
How lucky we are to have had the above two local television ‘celebrities’.
Ten of our members have gone to the Manor House Hotel in Devon for a few days. The hotel offers an extensive programme catering for beginners and enthusiasts in a huge variety of various activities and crafts, so much so that there were great deliberations as what to sign up for. Here’s hoping they don’t choose anything too strenuous and they all come back in one piece. I’m sure they will have a fabulous time, sample the local food and drink, especially the cream teas, have plenty of laughs and keep us entertained with amusing stories to on their return.
Our next meeting is our Annual Meeting on 8th November.                      SMW


Nov 18

Norman Johnson. Died 27 September

I would like to thank all the wonderful neighbours and friends in Ashford Carbonel who supported me so kindly and helpfully during what has been a traumatic and stressful year.  Norman first went into hospital in early April, remained there for two months, and was then in and out and, finally, confined to the house until his death.

We moved to Ashford Carbonel from Portsmouth, where Norman worked as a Professor, in 2003.

Previously, we had lived at Keele University, where Norman was a Reader in Social Policy, for 26 years and frequently came to this area for holidays.  We also lived in Italy, where Norman pursued research into his great interest: voluntary organisations, and Baltimore, where he was a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.  After his retirement, he spent some time in Japan where he was a consultant at a university in Osaka. He was working on a book being published there right up to the time of his death.


Norman was born in Liverpool, where his father was a dock labourer and his mother checked football coupons for Littlewood’s.  He was strongly influenced all his life by his background and, on a recent visit, was delighted at the regeneration of the waterfront.


I will always have fond memories of our life in Ashford Carbonel: the Bowls Club; the garden and the beautiful oak trees visible from our sitting-room; events at the Village Hall; always someone to chat to when walking the lanes and paths of the village.

Thank you all.    Ruth

Nov 18

November 2017

The AGM took place on 27th September in a very sombre mood. The Captain, having spoken to Ruth Johnson that morning, updated the members on the condition of Norman’s health, that being that he was comfortable although gravely ill. All present expressed their concern and extended their best wishes to Ruth and Norman. Sadly Norman died the following night. He had been a staunch member of the Club for 12 years, the Captain for 3 and had continued to bowl when his health problems would have stopped many a lesser man. To give him his proper title, he was Professor Emeritus Johnson, Senior Fellow Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Consultant at Kwansei Gakuin University Osaka, formerly of Keele and Portsmouth Universities; not bad for the son of a docker. We thought of him as one of us, a man, just past middle age, who enjoyed bowls, we will miss his company, his jollity and his banter and our thoughts are with Ruth and the family at this sad time.


Prior to the meeting we had enjoyed a bowls session in glorious sunshine. Nine members were present, apologies having been received from Tony Freer. Pat Story who, for health reasons, has had to stop bowling, has continued to serve as Treasurer for this season but is now retiring from the club. Pat has given sterling service in this roll for the past 5 years and the Captain expressed thanks on behalf of the Club and his personal thanks for all her help and advice to him.

Our membership of 9 is worryingly low. Wednesday evenings does attract a few part time members but has not been as well supported this year as last. We need to attract more members, we have an excellent bowls green and plenty of spare bowls. If  you are remotely interested please come along, the only thing that you will need are a pair of flat soled shoes. I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised with the experience.


Pat presented the trophies for this seasons competitions:-

Singles – George Griffiths             Doubles – Reg Sysum and Mick Carson

Triples – Mike Whitworth, Tony Freer and Mick Carson


Reg Sysum volunteered so enthusiastically for the roll of Treasurer that it raised a few eyebrows with jokes about new cars and exotic holidays. I think that he could be the right man for the job, I lent him a piece of chalk a few weeks ago and when he returned it there were two pieces, not quite water into wine but a good start.


The report started on a sad note and ends on one too. Betty informed the meeting that Val Hall, a member of the Club for many years, had passed away on the previous day. Val’s name appears many times in the Club records, mainly when winning competitions and her bowls, kindly donated when she retired, are used regularly. Members expressed deepest sympathy to Val’s family.

Mick Carson – Captain

Nov 18

November 2017

Knit & Stitch has restarted after its Summer break.

‘Show and Tell’ gave an insight into what everyone had been up to over the summer months. An amigurmi crocheted pussy cat, knitted jacket, appliqué and embroidery panels, a sewing roll holder made from lovely needlework themed fabrics, needle-felting and an assortment of quilted bags, including ‘ditty bags’ with woven panels. There was a lot to look at and take inspiration from. I’ve had a sewing roll on my ‘to do’ list for ages. I’ve now picked up some ideas and I am going to get it crossed off my list!

Everyone had a go at the Autumn leaves bookmark workshop. Embellished with simple embroidery stitches, they looked splendid in their autumn colours and would make a lovely and useful gift.

Plans were shared for future stitching projects including one member planning to embark on the making of Roman blinds. The large tables at the village hall are ideal for cutting out and between us all we have the knowledge and know how to help anyone through any stitching project. There will be a sewing machine available if you need one.

You can bring any craft project you are working on and it’s a good opportunity to get on with those unfinished pieces. If you are not working on anything but still fancy some ‘hands on’, then there will be an optional workshop that you can join in on.

Everyone is welcome

Next meeting: Mon 20 November (3rd Monday) 2-4pm Ashford Carbonel village hall

Optional Workshop: Patchwork star.

Materials will be provided but please bring a small sewing kit if you have one. Memory stars can be made out of old fabrics with sentimental value.

NB:The December meeting will take place a week earlier than usual – 11th Dec.

Janice Forsyth 831437

Nov 18

Ludlow Garden Club – Nov 2017

Conception to Chaos at Aulden Farm from Alun and Jill Whitehead who are the speakers at the meeting on Wednesday 18th November at 7;30 p. m at St. Peter’s Centre in Ludlow. I expect many of you have been to this garden just beyond Leominster that has the National collection of Hemerocallis and Siberian Iris . In 1997 it was just a bare field and now a garden/nursery of renowned recognition it should be a very interesting evening. If you need any further information please contact me Susannah 711006

Nov 18

Church Yard Clean up

An enthusiastic band (not all of them in the photo) have had 3 sessions to clear the Bales Tomb – on the North West corner of the Church.  Sadly none of the family now live in the area to be able to show them what a magnificent tomb their ancestors built, but it really is worth having a look, not only for the quality of the tomb but for the view!
Thanks go to all who so doggedly removed all the undergrowth, and for David and Mike on the end of their chain saws and for Nick who took away all the clearings.
We do have some lovely tombs in our Church Yard and with the roof now complete it is all starting to look magnificent.

Nov 18

Hope House Events

Bodenhams’ Fashion Show in aid of Hope House, St Laurence’s & OddBalls is on Friday 3rdNovember, 6.30 for 7.00pm start at St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow. Tickets available from the Hope House shop, Bodenhams and St Laurence’s shop. £10.00 with a drink on arrival plus nibbles.


The annual Hope House Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday 22nd November at Ashford Farm,10.00am – 12.00 noon. All the usuals, tombola, cake stall, home-made produce, raffle, etc. and of course the opportunity to purchase Hope House Christmas cards. Any donations of cakes, bottles, jams, unwanted gifts etc would be very much appreciated. Entry £2.00 to include ad lib coffee, biscuits and mince pies. We look forward to seeing you all again on the 22nd!

Norman & Lynda Tudge, tel: 831243.

Nov 18

Carbonell’s Christmas Fireside companion

Carbonell’s Christmas Fireside companion


A Fun & Festive Evening of Words & Music


Tuesday 19th December                                               Scrumptious Pork Pies

7.30pm                                                                               & Spicy Mulled Wine


In aid of St Mary Magdalene’s & the Village Hall

Tickets £5 from Peter Stretton (831474) or Matthew Brundrett (831342)

Nov 18

Trev’s Bar – new opening

Due to popular demand we will be opening “early doors”  from five ’till six!

Surplus draught beers from Sunday will still be discounted!

“Early Doors“ Tuesdays will only continue with your support so let’s give it a go!

Cheers! Dave and Matthew

Nov 18

Foodie Night Friday 24 Nov @ 7:45pm

Ashford Carbonell Village Hall.
Friday 24th November 7.45pm

Bar opens 7.30pm
Come and enjoy…. A Choice of Pizzas and Salads

£6 Sign up at the Bar or Tel. 01584 831322


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