ABBOTTS ANN WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
NEWSLETTER JULY 2014
It doesn’t seem possible that it is already August as I write a summary of our activities in July. Where has the time gone?
First on the calendar this month was our coffee morning which was well attended and the following day the Supper Club. This time we opted for The Boot at Houghton – it was one of those glorious summer evenings, where it was possible to enjoy pre-dinner drinks outside. Of course, the picturesque setting helped with swans gliding serenely by, on the river at the bottom of the garden. The food didn’t disappoint either – some were more adventurous with their choices, but even those indulging in old favourites declared them to be the best they had tasted. I am sure there will be a return to this venue soon.
Two days later some of us could walk off our calorific intake as we went south to Lockerley. One of our members has moved there and once we had correctly identified the right green (apparently there are four of them in the village), we had a super stroll in the summer sunshine, returning to Sue’s home for a welcome lunch of soup and cake. A kind gesture much appreciated.
No lunch club this month, but no worries as we could tuck-in at our July Meeting! The Studio at Waitrose in Salisbury was our meeting point for a cookery demonstration. We had Feta and Watermelon Salad to start, followed by Baked Stuffed Sea Bass with Warm Tomato Vinaigrette and Courgette Roulade with Smoked Trout. For dessert there was Gooseberry & Elderflower Tart. Sarah showed us how to prepare each dish, answering questions as she chopped and stirred and then Lynn made sure everyone got a taster pot of each, quite delicious. Best of all we learnt how to concasse our tomatoes!
In addition to our own events, several of our members went to Loseley Park in Surrey for the Anton Danebury Group summer outing. Gosh was it hot, but most went prepared; hats were the order of the day and plenty of water to keep hydrated. There was a chance to indulge in some retail therapy as there was a Garden show in the grounds with crafts and stalls to suit all tastes and plants of course. The house and walled garden were open for members to stroll around. Apparently it is a popular TV and film location.
No meeting this month, but we will be at the Village Fete serving teas and cakes – if you wish to bake for us we would be delighted – just bring your offering to us in the Pavilion anytime on the day.
05 August – Reading Group
06 August – Outing to Hampton Court
09 August – Walking Group
14 August – Coffee Morning
21 August – Supper Club
30 August – Village Fete – Abbotts Ann WI Fete Teas