Previous Meetings

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9 January 2019: Chair Exercises and Nutrionist

Nutrionist Diane debunked a few myths around food and Personal Trainer Heidi got us exercising with stretchy bands. 

What a great way to start the new year!

13 February 2019: Natural Cosmetics - Body Butter and Body Scrub

We mixed essential oils into a mixture of shea butter and cocoa butter to make a delicious moisturising cream, and then added demerara sugar to make an invigorating body scrub. 

Many thanks to Caroline Atkins for bringing all the equipment and leading us in this fun activity.

10 April 2019: Signing

This month we learned all about British Sign Language and had a go at some simple phrases.  15 year old Zach was the star as he demonstrated the richness of the language.


13 March 2019: Chelsea Pensioner

What a lovely man!  Chelsea Pensioner Brian gave us an entertaining talk about his life and what it was like to live at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.


8 May 2019: Woodturner

Talented woodturner Arthur explained the history of woodturning, demonstrated how to make an ornamental mushroom from recycled wood, and also had a selection of high quality, reasonably priced articles for sale.


12 June 2019: Ascot themed tea

We invited our ladies to dress up and treated them to a delicious afternoon tea, complete with sandwiches, homemade cakes and yummy scones.  Cream or jam on first....?


10 July 2019: Glass Fusion

An evening of creativity as we had a go at making a hanging window charm.  Many thanks to Mrs Potts Place for providing all the equipment and leading us through the activity.


11 September 2019: Recycling

What happens to recycled glass?  Can we recycle black plastic trays?  Where does our our food waste go?  Sarah from Joint Waste Solutions answered all our questions with great enthusiasm.


13 November 2019: Annual Meeting and Bring & Buy Sale

Our very successful Bring & Buy sale raised over £400 for our charities.


9 October 2019: Health & Beauty

A massive thanks to all the local businesses who set up stall for a lively health and beauty evening at our monthly meeting last night. A large turnout by members ensured a great buzz around the room all evening. It looked and sounded as if everybody, members and demonstrators alike, really enjoyed themselves. We had something to cater for all interests, from podiatry to hairdressing, Clarins and Velvet Rooms beauty, nails and massage, seated yoga and stretchy band exercises. Hopefully everyone went home fitter, calmer, and more beautiful!


10 December 2019: Xmas party

A very enjoyable evening - refreshments served by the committee, a quiz to test the brain and a game of bingo to finish off.


8th January 2020 - Police Officer

Former Hampshire police officer Jackie Dimmock entertained us with amusing stories from her time on the force, accompanied by a beautiful quilt!


12th February 2020 - Book Art

Pamela Hart from P D Originals entertained us with the deceptively complicated art of book folding.  As it was near Valentine's Day we made a heart, and the finished results look great!


11th March 2020 - King John, Runnymede & Magna Carta

Tony Howe, a Blue Badge guide from Windsor, described the fascinating details behind King John and the history of the Magna Carta.  


15th April 2020 - Marion Dante - former nun

During the lockdown, we were able to hold our meeting via video conferencing.  Marion Dante described her life in a convent.


13th May 2020 - London Walk - A Village in Piccadilly

Adam Scott-Goulding, a London Tour Guide, led us on a virtual walk around Piccadilly, showing us wonderful pictures of the buildings and telling us amusing anecdotes of the characters who shaped the area. 


10th June 2020 - Air Ambulance

Kelvin from Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance described the work of the charity and how they have adapted their services to improve the outcome for patients.


8th July 2020 - Volunteering with Elephants in Thailand

We heard from Jenny Nockolds about her trip to Northern Thailand where she spent a month living with a family and helping a village look after several herds of elephants.


12th August 2020 - Life as a Magazine Editor

Tamsin Westhorpe, a freelance writer and curator and gardener of Stockton Bury Gardens, Herefordshire, gave us a fascinating talk about her time as editor of English Garden magazine.  She described what made a good front cover, and amazed us with the sheer amount of preparation work that goes into each edition.

9th September 2020 - How to make a paper globe

Karen Crooks, founder of local business Sunflowerstitches, which is based in Ash, took us step-by-step through the process of making a paper globe.  A lovely tutor leading us in a fun activity!


1st October 2020 - Tom Way, Wildlife Photographer

Tom entertained us with some of his superb photographs on the theme of Wildlife on Your Doorstep.  He described the lengths he goes to when capturing stunning images of British wildlife - standing for days in freezing water waiting for a water vole to immerge from its hole, or crawling through long grass in pursuit of young foxes.  My personal favourite was placing peanuts under piles of autumn leaves to entice a woodpecker!

11th November 2020 - Floral arrangement

Local florist Julie Hare, from Daisy Chain Florist in Sandhurst, took us step by step through creating this stunning arrangement for a Christmas table centrepiece.  

Following the demonstration we covered the business of the Annual Meeting - all the reports had been sent out by email and members voted online.

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