Clayhidon Friends 2011

December 2011

Carols by Candlelight
Traditional carols were joyfully sung at our Carols by Candlelight led by Brenda Persey on her keyboard, and the Bishopswood Bell Ringers added their Christmas melodies much to the pleasure of the gathering of local people. Cups of tea and mince pies were then enjoyed. 

Clayhidon Friends thank everyone for their generous donations, and £120 has been sent to Devon Air Ambulance Fund which has been the group's charity for the year.

The New Year for Clayhidon Friends begins with lunch at the Beambridge Inn on January 12. As usual, anyone wishing to join is welcome (though on this occasion booking with Heather Procter would be necessary for table numbers)

October 2011 Meeting

Nicola says it with flowers
Nicola Bendle came to our meeting armed with flowers, Oasis and greenery to demonstrate a long low flower table arrangement, and then to help us create our own masterpieces. 
She gave us lots of tips on use of "oasis" and what flowers and greenery are suitable for a display, and our efforts were all something to be proud of - every one different from the next, with a range of colours, shapes and sizes. 
It was a most enjoyable evening, and we are grateful to Nicola for giving us her time and expertise. We welcomed Sylvia Eastick as a guest. 
Next month, Tom Coleman is giving an illustrated talk on Iceland, and the meeting is open to non-members.

September 2011

MacMillan Cancer Support coffee morning
An enjoyable coffee morning was held in the Church Rooms on Saturday September 24 in aid of  MacMillan Cancer Support. 
Helen Lancaster, with Margaret Brotheridge and other helpers, provided coffee and pretty cup-cakes, and funds were raised from a cake stall, a raffle, book stall and donations. 
Helen was able to present the charity with £200, and Clayhidon Friends would like to give a big "thank you" to all those who supported the event.

July 2011 meeting

Heart-warming talk on Rwandan children
We were delighted with Helen Williams' heart-warming talk on her work with Rwandan children in Africa, which she illustrated with slides, giving us an insight into the work that Tearfund do for Christian communities.
After, Heather and Freda further delighted us with a Fish and Chip supper, and a chance to chat and meet our five guests and a new member.
A talk on the Architectural "treasures" of Derbyshire will be the subject for our August 11th meeting, and as usual, visitors are welcome.  

June 2011 meeting
Spencer Kingdom tells his life story
Spencer Kingdom was our speaker for June, and he gave a most interesting and humorous account of his life from boyhood. He talked of the shortages after the war, his parents and the difficulties in their lives, and his eventual adoption by his aunt and uncle. 
The meeting was well attended, and two guests were welcomed.
Helen Williams will talking about The Tear Fund at the July meeting, and we will also be able to enjoy a Fish and Chip supper.

May 2011 meeting

Thought provoking talk by Hemyock doctor           

We are grateful to our speaker for the May meeting, Dr Jonathon Meads, who told us of his life as a general practitioner in Hemyock.
His talk proved to be very entertaining, and we learnt how he adapted to practice in the community after working in hospital, and of the training he undertook to help him understand not only his patients' psychology, but also his own. He spoke of some thought-provoking matters such as death and dying, but his talk was far from morbid - there were plenty of laughs at some of his anecdotes.
14 members attended, and we welcomed one guest and one new member. 
The next meeting is on Thursday, June 9, and Spencer Kingdom's talk is "Boy on the Farm".