September: Chairman’s message

Speaker  meeting at The Old Vicarage Branston

I always look forward to our Speaker meetings at the Old Vicarage. Liz had arranged an excellent speaker for us all, Becky Williams, Director of Rugby at Lichfield Ladies Rugby Club. She was most entertaining, as she described the highs and lows that the club has experienced over the years and those to come. Her passion proved so infectious that when Becky said she needed 44 to play this Sunday Joan immediately offered the services of the 20 members present!!  Although as far as I know none of us has been called to practice. Becky forwent her Speaker’s fee in return for a small donation to LRC.

We were pleased to welcome Alice Higgins, Chair of Lichfield Ladies Circle, to the meeting and she lit our friendship candle. Grace was said by Viv, and I would also like to thank Liz for arranging such an enthusiastic and interesting speaker, and Pearl  for advertising and organising all our menu requests with the Old Vicarage. Pat gave the vote of thanks and also won the raffle.

In August I took some flowers to Helen on Tangent’s behalf, and we were all so pleased that she could join us on Tuesday although still recovering from her recent surgery. I was also invited to Tangle’s BBQ at Chairman Suzanne’s home, there was masses of food and so much choice, and I was made welcome by everyone there.

Our October meeting is to be a Sharing Evening hosted by Jennie Tipper. Everyone is asked to bring a favourite light-hearted poem or piece of prose, or anything from literature or a song/music recording or a special picture/photo, or in fact anything they would like to share. More details will follow shortly. Regarding supper we have offers for most things, which include salads, apple pies and crumbles, and some quiches. We still need a volunteer to make a meat or vegetarian quiche for approximately ten people, so if anyone can help please let me know.

Diary Dates

Rob Horton has invited us to make up a team for Alrewas and Fradley Charities Annual Quiz Night on Friday September 20th. Teams of four are needed to enter at the cost of £10 per person which includes a fish and chip supper. Anyone interested in forming a team can contact Rob on 01283 790085.

Remembrance Sunday

I hope that you all received  the e-mail that I forwarded from Mac last month. Please contact Mac at if you would like to attend the lunch at Alrewas Village Hall afterwards.

I am looking forward to our next meeting and sharing all the fun and friendship that is Tangent.



August: Chairman’s message

Visit to Elford Hall Gardens

Our August meeting took nineteen of our members to Elford Hall Gardens. We were so lucky to have warm sunshine that afternoon after a wet and chilly August so far. Our two excellent guides took us to explore the pathway and land by the river Tame, which had been flooded just a week ago, then through the sensory gardens into the large walled garden.

They explained that since 2009 the site has been restored mostly by volunteers to retain as much of its original character as possible. It is open to everyone and admission is free so well worth a visit if you haven’t visited already. Several of us particularly loved the rose garden in one corner of the walled garden with many scented traditional roses.

We then sat down to numerous plates of delicious cakes in the marquee. The raffle was won by Betty Riley. A big thank you to Sue and Jean for organising the visit, and to our guides who outlined the history of the Hall, and garden restoration, and answered our many questions.

Earlier this month Roe, Jennie and I visited Audrey Lunn at Footherley Hall care home. She was well and delighted to see us, and shared many of her memories of Ladies Circle and Tangent. She would love to see any member who has time to visit. I also joined the coffee group for their meeting at Rachel’s.

I am sure you will all be pleased to know that Helen is now home from hospital after her recent operation. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she will soon be well enough to join us again.

Several of us enjoyed 41 Club’s BBQ at Rob and Brenda’s on August 15th. Thanks to our hosts for a brilliant evening, and to all those who worked so hard to make the evening such a success. Brenda, Jean and Sue were all busy in the kitchen when we arrived, our thanks to them also.

Pearl has already emailed everyone with details of our next meeting on September 3rd at The Old Vicarage, when our speaker will be Becky Williams, Director of Rugby at Lichfield Ladies Rugby Club. Please note the new time of 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.



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41 Club BBQ on August 15th 2019

The weather held to give us a very good evening of food and fun at Rob and Brenda’s house.  Lichfield Tangent ladies were hosted by 41 Club and we would like to thank all those whose hard work made this event possible.  Particularly our hosts Rob and Brenda, our chefs Peter and Roger, and the organising team headed by Mac and all those who helped. 

It was a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and catch up on Club news.  So thank you all very much.  This has become an evening to look forward to in our annual calendar.

July: Chairman’s message


Sadly I couldn’t attend our July meeting as John and I were away on holiday, but Pat reported that everybody had enjoyed the Ghost Walk around Lichfield which was informative, and supper afterwards at 55 Wade Street. Thanks to Jean and Sue for organising the evening.

Our Charity Coffee Morning held on Friday July 12th in aid of Cancer Research UK was a tremendous success, making over £850 for our charity. The final amount is yet to be verified as there is some money still to come. An enormous thank you to Jennie who not only publicised, prepared for and organised this event but also hosted it.

Grateful thanks to all who contributed by bringing cakes, items for our Bring and Buy, books, raffle prizes, cushions etc, and also to those who came and supported us by spending lots of money. Special thanks to Sue for running the B & B, Liz on the raffle, Jenny on cakes, Pearl on cushions and Jean on books, and to the girls making tea and coffee and washing up.

Helen tells me that all subscriptions for this year are now in, is this a record? Thanks to everyone for being so prompt.

May I remind everyone of the 41 Club BBQ on August 14th  to which we are all invited. It is being held at Brenda and Rob Carter’s and costs £7.50 per head. Please contact Mac Cummings or Roger Davies if you would like to attend.

Sue and Jean have arranged our next meeting on Tuesday August 20th which is a visit to Elford Gardens including afternoon tea. I do hope more of you will be able to make it than the small number that have booked in so far.



June: Pimms and Strawberry evening

Unfortunately our prayers for a warm and sunny evening were not answered, but the rain did not stop us from having a lovely evening, with plenty of time to chat and catch up with friends. There were masses and masses of strawberries, cream and shortbread, unlimited Pimms and great company, what more could we wish for?

Enormous thanks to Sue and Jean who did a wonderful job in organising and arranging the evening, and preparing for us all during the day. Also thanks to Sue and Peter for their hospitality and inviting everyone into their home. Just a shame we couldn’t make use of Sue’s beautiful garden. Jean’s Pimm’s recipe was a huge success, daren’t ask how much was drunk, but the jugs were never empty!!

We were pleased to welcome Suzanne Woodburn, Chair of Tangles, to the meeting, and hope that she will be able to join us whenever she can.

We have received two 41 Club invitations from Mac and Roger:

  1. Summer Barbecue on August 14th at Brenda and Rob Carter’s. Tangent has been asked to help with catering. I will send more details as soon as I have them and would be grateful if you could let me know if you can offer some help. The cost is £7.50 per head for food and we are asked to bring our own drink.
  2. Visit to Aston Hall on September 11th at 11.00 am. This is a private visit. The cost of £20.00 per person includes entry to the Hall, a guided tour with a guide and guide booklets, car parking and a soup and sandwich lunch at the Hall.

If you would like to attend either or both events please email Mac Cummings on as soon as possible.

Although these details are included in June’s Bulletin I am sending them to everyone in a separate email just to make sure you all receive them.

Please note that there is a change of date for our August Meeting. Our visit to Elford Gardens is now on August 20th.

Pearl has already emailed details of our July meeting. Unfortunately I can’t make our next meeting as I am away. I would have loved to have joined the Ghost Walk and hope that you all have a great evening.