Jan 30

Ludlow Garden Club – Jan 2018

“Gardening for wildlife” is the theme for next month’s meeting on Wednesday 21st
February at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Peters Parish Centre. As we are well aware our wild
life needs our support ALL year but there are plants that we can grow to both our benefits ! I have been rewarded this year for the first time by the arrival of Goldfinches, only one but then the word was transmitted and a few days later I was rewarded by the arrival of 4 in my garden. I know many in the Village have regular visits from these remarkably beautiful birds, so I shall find out what to grow in the garden so they do not rely on the Niger seed feeder!
Any further information or need of a lift please contact me Susannah 711006

Jan 30

January 2018

Chris welcomed us all to our January meeting and said how lovely it was to see new faces, both guests and visitors. Our 2018 programme has been arranged by Cath Corfield and I know there will be a wide variety of speakers, something to suit everybody. After us all enjoying a lovely Christmas Lunch at The Cliffe Ludlow, in December, Chris presented the Competition Cup to winner Ann Tyler and the Flower of the Month Cup to Sue Phipers. The Craft/Walking/Cinema and Lunch groups are all very well supported. The SFWI are producing a Centenary Recipe Book ‘It’s Not Just Jam’ and our Institute has been allocated the Canapés and Starters section. So for us all to be involved in the ultimate choice of recipe to be entered for selection, we had a Social and Food Tasting Evening. There were about eight entries and each competitor had provided tasters of their chosen recipe and then we all voted on our favourite. We will be having another tasting session in June when a winner/winners will be selected from both sessions then the recipe/recipes will be submitted and hopefully included in the new book. Sue and Ann, our Social Secretaries have been very busy already booking another Stratford trip in May, a couple of days sightseeing and a visit to the theatre to see King Lear. After 2017’s successful trip to The Manor Hotel in Devon, the venue has been booked again for October. After listening to the reports from those members who attended last year I’m sure the places will be snapped up very quickly. We were also given a list of six likely day trips and asked to tick those that were of interest to us. Sue and Ann work very hard in trying to find something to please all our members and we really do appreciate their hard work…….it’s not that easy trying to organise a group of WI ladies!!!!! Both our raffle and produce table were very well supported. The WI still seems to have difficulty in shaking off the ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ persona even though new Institutes have been set up by younger members. Why don’t you come along and join us, see for yourself and make up your own mind, you can be assured of a warm welcome, a cup of tea and make some new friends. Our next meeting is at Ashford on 14th February and the speaker is Alison Wakeman telling us about Bees and their importance to the environment. The competition is Something Stripey…..but not a bee. SMW

Jan 30

Hope House Children’s Hospices

Saturday 24th March,

‘An Evening with Gerry Acton, from Painting to Printing and Back Again’ in Ashford Carbonel Village Hall, including a Ploughman’s Supper.
Local ‘boy’ Gerry Acton is going to explain how, at the age of 23 he gave up art to go into print sales as an illustrator at the company that had employed him, where he became sales director after a few years. In 1968 he broke his leg playing rugby and started painting again, in the process acquiring a commission to illustrate the 1980 Massey Ferguson Calendar. This led him into publishing, starting with prints of his work and going on to produce thousands of brochures and postcards of Ludlow. He then went on to develop a successful publishing company which was sold in 1999 by which time it had over 400 employees.
As you can imagine, the talk will include many interesting anecdotes along the way and some of his art will be on display.

Sunday 8th July

The other date for your diary is even further ahead: Sunday 8th July at Tinkers Hill. Following on from last year’s wonderful garden party with ‘All the World’s a Stage,’ this year there will be a choir. More details to follow.
Norman & Lynda Tudge, tel 83124

Jan 30

January 2018

What a lovely way to start the new year. A cosy gathering of friendly people sharing skills and experiences and having a good natter.
Our January session started with sharing ideas on how to knit a little jacket without the original pattern. Some people do enjoy a challenge! Using an old jacket as a guide, it soon became clear how the garment had been constructed. The original garment had been knitted in stocking stitch so it was fairly easy to count the stitches and the rows. Having knit two fronts, two sleeves and one back up to the armholes, the next task was to knit them all on to one long (circular) needle and begin the sleeve shaping. This would enable the top half to be knitted in one piece without the bulk of seams – clever!
I always enjoy seeing a garment taking shape and so look forward to our next meeting when, no doubt, the finished garment will be on show.
The workshop on needle-felting produced some lovely results. Taking inspiration from a lovely motif crafted on a cruise, people took the plunge and went to work with their felting needle, a sponge block and some coloured merino wool roving. Keeping fingers well away from the needles, some very creative images began to take shape. By the end of the afternoon we had a lovely gallery of work to look at and admire.
Next month there will be an optional workshop on working with leather to make a small ‘penny purse’. Please bring a thimble and a leather sewing needle if you have one.
Next meeting: Monday 19 February 2 – 4pm at Ashford Carbonel village hall.
Optional work shop on making a leather penny purse
Everyone welcome.
Janice Forsyth 831437

Jan 30

December 2017

What a lovely busy and bustling afternoon.
‘Show and Tell’ had a variety of pieces to show. Some colourful crotched creatures will be putting smiles on some young faces this Xmas; a sewing roll inspired by one of last month’s items; a pyrographed notebook; some knitted macaroon ‘biscuits’ which looked good enough to eat; some vintage patchwork stars and a work in progress showing the complexities of English piecing; two amazing tableaux of needle-felted farmyard scenes – wow!
There were a number of individual projects going on which were interesting to see, especially the decorations for a tree at the Caynham Christmas Tree festival in December. Cushion linings were being run up on the sewing machine.
The workshop was a 5 point patchwork Xmas star and amazingly some were completed within the afternoon and looked lovely. Patchwork can be a bit fiddly, especially if using small pieces of fabric. Some were hand-stitched and some were put together using a sewing machine. All were slightly pad-ded using quilter’s wadding. Those destined for the Xmas tree were embellished with a button and ribbon hanging loop, whilst those to be used as coasters were unembellished apart from some hand-quilting.
The optional workshop at our next meeting offers the opportunity to needle-felt a simple little Santa. But, of course, you can bring any craft project you are working on. There will be a sewing machine available if you need one.
Everyone is welcome
Next meeting: Mon 11th December (2nd Mon) 2-4pm Ashford Carbonel village hall
Optional Workshop: Needle-felted mini Santa.
Materials will be provided but please bring a needle-felting kit if you have one.
Note: date for January meeting is Mon 15th January 2018 .
Janice Forsyth 831437

Jan 30

Caynham Ashford WI November 2017

After our President Chris welcomed members we started our meeting with a stirring rendition of Jerusalem. The normal business was dealt with quite speedily as it was also our November AGM. Sue Marsh, President of Bitterley WI, and our delegate at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Liverpool, came to our meeting and kindly gave her report on the proceedings. One of the resolutions passed was ‘Plastic Soup’ which is a campaign to keep micro plastic fibres out of our oceans. Our institute is really backing this campaign having sent for the Action Pack to enable us to discuss the subject in further detail at one of our meetings next year. Janice Forsyth mentioned and encouraged us all to attend the local meeting of NHS ‘Future Fit’, which has been set up to discuss meeting health needs for everyone living and working in Telford/ Wrekin, and Shropshire. Speaking on the same theme Marina Clent couldn’t emphasise enough the importance of everyone to support the meeting and events run by the League of Friends concerning the threatened closure of Ludlow Hospital. Both these issues are of the greatest importance to us all and we need to get behind the campaigns. On a lighter note a few ideas have been suggested for next year’s outing and I’m confident Sue and Ann will organise a great day out for us. The Group Christmas Trip this year is to Stratford and for those who choose not to shop there is plenty for them to do, I cannot recommend highly enough a visit to Hobsons for a delicious afternoon tea. Chris King reminded us of the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s Church, Caynham. On 2nd December it is the festival during the day and a choral concert in the evening and on Sunday 3rd, the festival from 10am and the Christingle Service at 3pm. Our Christmas Meal this year will be lunch at The Cliffe. We are all looking forward to it as we had such a great time last year…..not forgetting the obligatory crackers and paper hats! We then proceeded with our AGM. All 2016 appropriate reports were proposed, seconded and adopted. Jenny Daniel was co-opted onto the committee and Chris King was re-elected by a majority vote and will remain President for 2018. On behalf of the members Betty Meredith thanked Chris and all the committee members for all their hard work throughout the year. To finish the evening we held a raffle with many lovely prizes. Jo Hall had obviously been very busy selling the tickets and I think everybody went home a winner. We are always looking for new members to join us and you can be assured of a friendly welcome. SMW

Jan 30

Devon October 2017

Fourteen Go To Devon (With Apologies to Enid Blyton)

7.30 on an October Monday morning, and three cars left our villages at the start of Caynham Ashford W.I.’s adventure at the Manor House Hotel in Devon.
A hurricane was forecast, but we were hoping it would strike further west than our route. As we travelled down the M5 we watched an eerie red sun climb in the sky, but there was no great wind. However, after a coffee break mid-morning, when we arrived at the Manor House in time for lunch, we could hardly stand as we were buffeted across the car park. Some of us had an activity booked for that first afternoon, whilst others took time to look around the site and settle into the comfortable bedrooms.
Meeting up for supper, we were pleasantly surprised by the choice, quality and quantity of food offered and of course we all took full advantage of the menus for the next three days!
From Tuesday morning until Thursday lunchtime our days were packed with activities. There was walking on Dartmoor, massage, swimming, picture framing, glass engraving, embroidery, enamelling, pyrography, archery, ten pin bowling and more. Some of us decided to add our names to the lists on the activity boards and cram in extra sessions.
We were busy and having great fun and we all came home with plenty to show for our efforts. Everyone at the hotel was helpful and friendly including our fellow residents and as usual, Caynham Ashford W.I. made their mark. We will all remember the evening in the bar when a couple came to chat, and told us how much they had enjoyed overhearing our hilarity over a certain member’s experience of a back neck and shoulders massage. How many items of clothing must one remove?
Travelling home on the Thursday we stopped at the excellent Gloucester Services – highly recommended.
All of us are grateful to Jo Hall whose splendid idea this was initially, and to Sue MacRae and Ann Tyler for organising everything. I’m sure we would all like to repeat the experience and maybe more members will join the party next time.

Jan 29

Foodie Night Friday 23 Feb

Mexican Style

Ashford Carbonel Village Hall

7:45pm – Bar open from 7:30pm

Choice of Mexican inspired dishes

£8 per head – sign up at the bar or 831 322

Jan 29

Fairtrade Fortnight 26th February – 11th March

During Fairtrade Fortnight get ready to invite people into fair trade and if you’re not already a supporter, welcome this invitation to start buying Fairtrade goods.

It’s scandalous that millions of farmers and workers are still being ripped off despite working hard to provide the products we love. Unfairness in global trade is rooted in centuries of exploitation. Producers are fighting for a fair deal, supported by Fairtrade, earning their way out of poverty and transforming their communities

Together we’re stronger, and more people choosing, sharing and standing up for Fairtrade in the UK means more power to producers to break the stranglehold of poverty prices. Consumers are sometimes sceptical about whether the Fairtrade Mark actually makes a difference to the lives of producers. It absolutely does. In addition, there are also a wide variety of other fair trade standards and labels in Europe and other parts of the world.

Trade is something everyone does as a matter of course not from time to time. Being fair to producers should be a given in all trade. It isn’t! Yet consumers continue to support trade without always questioning if the producer or someone else is in fact being exploited. Close the door on exploitation, choose fair trade.

This year Ludlow Fair Trade Town Group is celebrating 15 years since being awarded Fairtrade status at the end of 2002. We’ll have events and activities throughout the year as well as in Fairtrade Fortnight. A flavour of the events being run during the Fortnight – Traidcraft Spring Mini Fair 10th March; Schools Day 8th March; two week long Fairtrade Food and Craft stall at St Laurence’s Church; Traidcraft’s Big Brew Morning; businesses in Ludlow which sell Fairtrade products will be advertising this fact in their windows and making the products easily identifiable by identifying them with a sticker on their shelves.

There’ll be more details of these and other events available in the next magazine.

Liz Taylor liz@lizinludlow.co.uk 831149

Jan 29

The Ashford Carbonel Cook Book

Ashford Carbonel Village Hall held a Book Launch on Tuesday 13th December 2017 to promote their Cookbook. The Cookbook, compiled by editors Janie Jones and Marilyn Heath contains 71 tried and tested favourite recipes from some of the villagers of Ashford Carbonel.

Many of the recipes have been used in Village Hall functions over the years – not to mention at their Thursday Afternoon Teas, Wednesday Morning Coffee sessions and Friday evening Foodie Nights. All the proceeds from the sale of the Cookbook are going to Ashford Carbonel Village Hall.

We are very grateful to our sponsors for their generous donations towards the cost of the printing – Walls Butchers, Farmers Greengrocers, Ludlow Homecare and Kirkenel Orchards – our particular thanks go to Mark Ansell of Blast Design for the photography, design and artwork and all his advice in designing the final copy.

The Book Launch was enjoyed by many Villagers attending the Morning Coffee session where freshly brewed coffee was served with a variety of delicious homemade bakes.

We have sold over 200 copies! If people would still like to buy a copy there are just a few left. Please contact Janie Jones 01584 831322 or Marilyn Heath 01584 831346.


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