Our speaker for this month’s meeting was Susan Waldron, who began by explaining how she got into jewellery making and how easy it is to get started. Not everything needs to cost a lot, various equipment and storage boxes can be obtained from market stalls or DIY stores, although for more specific items such as tools, beads, wire, fastenings and such like she will either buy from recognised retailers, craft shops and shows or online. She is also fortunate to be given old necklaces, earrings and bracelets, as well as finding such items in Charity Shops, which she then breaks down to create something more contemporary. She had brought along a selection of jewellery she had made earlier, which could be purchased on the night.
Soon enough it was our turn. Boxes containing various fixings, beads in all shapes, sizes and colours and other aids were distributed amongst our members. Anticipation was all, as members wandered around the Hall to see what was on offer before creating their own personal items of jewellery. There was much concentration as their fingers got to work. Some of our members felt their fingers weren’t nimble enough to create their own items, but they were eager to see what had been created by their friends.
Before we all got to work, we had heard all that was on offer in the coming weeks and months, with various sign-up sheets to which we could add our names. We were also delighted to welcome a new member at this meeting.
Earlier in the month our various interest groups had met including the inaugural meeting of our resurrected Book Club. They have chosen their first three books for discussion in the coming months. Our walking group, which was much depleted this month due to vaccinations and other commitments, did an enjoyable walk starting and finishing at The Oak in Smannell, which took them through Ridges Copse and Little London. Our coffee morning this month was very well attended.
Our meeting next month is on 30 November, and we will be welcoming a returning speaker, Tony Strafford, who is going to reveal all about The Ladies of the Tower. If this has whetted your appetite to attend one our meetings, then please come along for a 7.30 p.m. start. We would be delighted to see you there and welcome visitors and prospective new members.
01 November – Book Club – Dobbies Garden Centre 10.30 a.m.
09 November – Coffee Morning – Sports Pavilion at 10.30 a.m. (£2 to include refreshments) Non-members welcome
11 November – Walking Group
23 November – Lunch Club
30 November – Monthly Meeting – Village Hall 7.30 p.m.