Ladies, I am hoping that you have been able to secure a place on the paper cutting courses, if not an additional course will be run to ensure you get to have a go at this rather absorbing craft. I hope that by now ALL Covid restrictions have been lifted, please be aware I am writing this in the second week in June, so just about anything could have happened between then and you reading it now…. but being positive – our next planned
events will be:
Fish Friday – Sue Malloy will be in the demonstration kitchen on Friday 22 October for a demo themed on ‘Fish Friday.’ As you would expect Sue will show you different ways to serve different fish as well as passing on hints and tips how to improve / expand your use of fish.
The session will start 10:00 for 10:30am with coffee and following the demo you will get a tasting.
In line with Covid restrictions numbers will be limited. Cost is £15 per member. Closing date – 4 October 2021.

Halloween Pumpkin Floral Workshop – 26 October 2021, this workshop is suitable for beginners for up to 10 ladies in each session depending on Covid restrictions.
Session one AM meet for coffee at 10, workshop 10:30 until 12:30
Session two PM (repeat) meet for coffee 1:45, workshop 2:15 until 4:15
You will need to bring 5/7 large blooms (roses, gerbera or carnation) and some smaller, fuller flowers (spray chrysanthemum or spray carnations) in Autumnal colours, everything else will be provided for you to create a pumpkin themed arrangement. This workshop will be led by Alison Scrimshaw, WI member from Prudhoe WI who leads the flower section on Christmas craft days, as well as running her own floral business. Priced at £14 per member,
closing date will be 5 October 2021.

Quiche Lorraine workshop – On 29 October Sue Malloy, will repeat the workshop on Classic Quiche Lorraine limited
to 3 ladies. Meeting at 10:30 for coffee with workshop starting at 11:00, in this workshop you will make shortcrust pastry, both by hand and in a processor, and then use it to form the base of a classic Quiche Lorraine, the main ingredients of which are smoky bacon, Gruyere cheese, eggs and cream. How do you achieve a perfectly cooked filling and no soggy bottom? You will find out! This workshop will last for 2 to 3 hours.
Everything is provided other than an apron and a container to take your Quiche home in. The closing date for this is 11 October. Cost is £17.50.

I do hope you are enjoying the new events the Craft Committee have been able to offer, I would like to update you on our plans (fingers crossed) to run our Competition Day in 2022. It will contain classes based on the postponed Olympic theme, as well as the Commonwealth games which are planned for Birmingham, so please don’t dispose of any of the item you have made for the Olympic themed schedule – save them for the new Games themed competition day, which we are hoping to hold at Stannington in the summer of 22, so many fingers crossed to make this happen. I
do hope you will be able to support us in craft, food and the floral themed classes. As the Committee work so hard behind the scenes trying to set classes that you will find interesting as well as demonstrating the huge amount of skill we have in our WIs.
As with last month, until WIs are meeting regularly you will be able make direct application to the office to attend any/all of these events, the yellow sheets are still being sent out as some WIs are able to start meetings again, so you don’t miss out make direct application to Cresswell House.
I end my piece by saying a huge thank you to Elaine Wallace & Jackie Gaughan, who after many years of creative contribution to the Craft Committee, have made the not easy decision to stand down. They have worked hard to make events happen, found tutors, run classes themselves, both given me sound advice and guidance, along with lots of good ideas about what we could do as a committee to engage the members. Thank you Both.
The remaining committee members are already thinking and planning more events, in particular starting the festive season, we have to plan so far in advance we will be discussing snow and Santa in August!

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