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By Catbrook, Dec 7 2018 10:14AM

Phew - energetic or what? We learned a routine to Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. Well, mostly we learned it, but we also forgot it quite a few times!


Our lovely teacher, Charlotte, provided a midway energy boost with mince pies and Lebkuchen which was very much appreciated!


We kicked, flicked and step-ball-changed our way to a routine for the entire song. We all have newfound respect for the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing!



It was Charlotte's last evening with us for some months - she has another, very exciting, project on the way!


We all wish her the very best for the new baby, and hope to see her back later in 2019!




By Catbrook, Dec 1 2018 05:24PM



A fabulous morning making Christmas wreaths in the hall today with Juliet Moore Flowers who was very patient!



We started with lots of greenery and then decorated with pine cones, ribbons, limes, orange slices, cinnamon, holly berries and beautiful ribbons.



It was amazing how different all the wreaths looked when we all started with the same materials! There were also fabulous home made mince pies - thanks Alison!











By Catbrook, Nov 27 2018 10:30AM

Last week saw two willow weaving courses with Clyde from Wild Wicker, making small baskets.


After weaving a base, uprights were pushed in (that was REALLY hard work) and bent upwards where they were held by a willow ring.


Then weaving started around the edges, using a variety of colours and weaves to make 'bands' on the basket...


The top was complicated - a combination of bending, weaving and threading through. Then the scary part of cutting off all those bits sticking out!


This is a Wednesday basket:



And these are two of the Saturday baskets:



The Saturday group would particularly like you to notice the 'integrated handles' which were an advance of the Wednesday group. Not that this is getting competitive...


And our happy weavers:




A big thank you to Clyde (on the left) for his patience and skill in teaching all of us novices to create such beautiful baskets.


Some of them have already found new friends:












By Catbrook, Nov 20 2018 05:46PM


It was wonderful to see so many people again last night and we hope everyone enjoyed the evening!

Just to confirm for those unable to attend that the book chosen for February (with a huge majority!) is ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ the award winning debut novel by Gail Honeyman.




We look forward to seeing you all on December 17th for our Christmas Special - with mulled wine and mince pies - when we’ll be reviewing ‘Small Island’ by Andrea Levy and don’t forget if you want to reserve a space on the Matthew Hall workshop on Saturday 16th February do let us know as soon as possible as spaces are limited and we expect them to go fast! The cost is £50 and it will run from 10am - 5pm with refreshments and a light lunch included.


Finally we do hope you are enjoying the book club but if you think any improvements can be made please do let us know as we welcome any feedback.


See you soon and happy reading!


By Catbrook, Nov 17 2018 05:19PM


Last night over 70 people packed into Catbrook Memorial Hall to hear local resident Pam Hudson recount her epic trek across Sri Lanka raising money for Marie Curie. Accompanied by photos taken by Pam whilst on the trip, and some additional wildlife photos by Chris Mattison, Pam recounted tales of the trek - the ups, the downs, and the VERY high hills. It was a fabulous talk, and an appreciative audience donated over £175 to Pam's chosen charity for the talk, the Sri Lankan earthquake appeal.




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