13 December 1996

Wreath lecture in Hants

HAMPSHIRE Farm Womens Club had a very interesting day out at Field Farm Rural Studies Centre, Colemore, near Alton. The theme was herbal Christmas decorations, the teacher Christina Stapley and when I arrived the members had already made some pretty wreaths and table decorations.

It was such a cosy scene with evergreens, red ribbons, festive fabrics, and silver and gold doyleys scattered across the tables. A log burner was at the end of the converted barn throwing out warmth appreciated by all and especially the dog lying in front of it on this damp day.

A delicious lunch was served by Remony Moser who runs the centre which offers many craft courses throughout the year.

After lunch Christina showed us how to make miniature Christmas trees out of juniper and rosemary. As she worked she told us the history of some of the 300 herbs that she grows in her garden.

Jean Howells

Teacher Christina Stapley (above right) checks a members work at the herbal Christmas decoration session.

Left:Betty Tickner from Berks FWC and Hants contact leader Sue Sylvester show their handiwork.