Right: For the past 18 years Gwen Charles (second from left) has run the Gwent FWC and over that time she has made some very good friends. This was evident in the leaving gift that was presented to her – a log basket full of individual gifts from each member. She has handed the reins over to Marilyn Morris (far right) who is sure to keep the club going well.
Right: Somerset-Mendip FWC recently met for lunch at Trudoxhill Barn, Somerset, and were treated to a fashion display by Weekenders.
The show was
put on by Linda Vaus, who modelled the clothes with great panache and had a lot of fun demonstrating how these versatile
be styled in various ways with a different look each time they are worn.
Right: Glasbury on Wye FWC meets in what is possibly the oldest Scout Hut in the country. As I drove up I was greeted by Pam Bretherton who was so surprised to see me after such a long absence. Inside in front of a blazing log fire members were treated to an interesting and enthusiastic talk by Gwyneth Davies. Her subject was the old painting called Salem by Curnow Vosper which is well known for its depiction of Welsh national dress.
This informal friendship club has more than 60 groups nationwide and is open to
all female readers of FW. Details from Jean Howells (020-8652 4927)
BEDS, BUCKS AND HERTS
Wed, May 22, 12 noon. Meet at Mortgrove Farm, Lilley for lunch and talk. Contact Tricia Shaw (01582-881203).
Mon, May 20, 7.30pm. Meet at Ty Brith, Bontuchel for a talk Gardening by Generys Edwards. Contact
Gwyneth Jones (01490-420351).
Tue, May 21, 12.30pm. Meet at Stainsby Old School for talk Sale and Hire of Hats, Handbags and Jewellery by Jane Mary. Friends invited, buffet lunch provided £5.50. Contact Eileen Bryan (01246-850476) or Elizabeth Ottewell (01246-851553) by May 17.
ESSEX AND SUFFOLK
Thu, Jul 11, 10.30am. Meet at Bulmer Brickworks for tour of factory. Bring a plate lunch for afterwards at Great Henny village hall. Afternoon tour of gardens and tea at Flood Gates and Street Farm Great Henny. Contact Laureen (01787-228259). Jean Howells hopes to be there.
Tue, May 14, 8am. Coach leaves Hereford Leisure Centre for visit to Belvoir Castle. Contact Sylvia Hill (01885-483261) or Connie Jones (01568-760240).
ISLE OF WIGHT
Wed, May 15, 10.30am. Meet in Quarr Abbey car park for tour. Contact
Margaret Harrhy (01983-840156).
Wed, May 15, 12 noon. Meet at Marlenes home, Crooked Chimneys. Bring a plant or more, potted and named please. Proceeds to Air Ambulance.
Contact Marlene (01732-810726).
Thu, May 23, 12.30pm. Meet at Kenwick Park Hotel for lunch followed by visit to Lincs Rural Activity Centre. Contact Pat Needham (01507-327549) by May 18.
Tue, May 14, 10.30am. Meet at Lisa Catlings home for a talk by Jan Withers on her work in DSS. Contact
Mon, May 13, 11am. Meet at The Mill Hempnall for talk The Air Ambulance. Plate lunch. Bring and buy stall. Contact
Liz Allen (01508-499357).
Mon, May 20. Coach trip to Cotehele House and gardens, near Saltash, Cornwall. Friends and husbands welcome. If any members from Mendip, Taunton or Cornwall would like to join us, we would love to have you along. Contact
Sylvia Reed (01749-812768).
Wed, May 22, 11.30am. Meet at The Flower Barn, Bull House Farm, Penistone for flower arranging demonstration and lunch. Contact Jane Fearn
(0114 246 7505) asap.
Tue, May 21, 12 noon for 12.30pm. Meet at Dunnington Reading Room for plate lunch with Skipton group followed by talk by Jennifer Hornsey. Contact
Mary Liversidge (01759-371140) or
Joan Hall (01757-248592).