January 2020 : Chairman’s message


January 2020 New Year Meeting

A Happy New Year to all our members, although this year has begun with much great sadness for both our 41 and Tangent clubs, the funeral of Start Wyss and the deaths of Barrie Hopkins and Pat Burbridge. We send our love and sympathies to their families.

At the beginning of January, despite the abundance of colds, coughs and flu bugs, seventeen of us enjoyed an evening of chatter and catching up on everyone’s Christmas festivities and activities over a relaxing meal at the Royal Oak in Kings Bromley. My grateful thanks to Pearl who coped so calmly with ever changing last minute attendance numbers, and to Roe for organising the raffle which was won by Jane Hartley.

On Sunday December 29th many of us joined our other halves at 41 Club’s Chair’s Christmas drinks party. Thanks to Andrew and Lyn, our hosts, for making us all so welcome in their home.

On a sadder note Cynthia Tipper and I joined several Ladies Circlers on Friday January 3rd, painting and decorating Dementia Memory and Kindness stones in preparation for Stuart Wyss’s funeral on January 9th.  Of the over 200 who attended his funeral about half were members of the Lichfield Round Table Family – Round Table, Ladies Circle, Spires, Tangles, 41 Club and Tangent, as this has been such a big part of Stuart’s family life. We send our love to Viv, Hannah and Sam.

It has been my sad duty to send news of the deaths of Barrie Hopkins and Pat Burbridge this month. Barrie’s funeral is on Wednesday January 15th at 2.30 pm at Fradley Crematorium, and afterwards at Darnford Moors Golf Club Lichfield. We send lots of love to both Pauline and Hazel. The January coffee morning has been cancelled for this reason.

Pat has been a lifelong member of Lichfield Ladies Circle and Tangent Clubs, but her health has prevented her from attending many recent meetings. We were all delighted that she could join us in November at our floral demonstration evening, and take home one of the arrangements. We will all miss her. Pat passed away on Saturday January 11th, and as soon as I have details of her funeral I will e-mail everyone.

Jennie has asked if anyone would like to take over the Bulletin “Chatter”; please contact her if you are interested.

Diary Dates

February 16th 2020  41 Club’s Ladies Luncheon at The Fairlawns Hotel, Aldridge. Please contact David Dimeloe for more details.

March Meeting – March 3rd  As the majority of you have requested to have lunch before our visit to Lichfield Cathedral, I will forward more details once all has been arranged.

Our next meeting is on February 4th at The Old Vicarage, Branston. Our speaker is Steve Geale who is talking on “Stafford Gaol and how to get there!” Sounds intriguing, so I hope that lots of you will be able to come and join us.



January 12th 2020

December: Chairman’s message


Christmas Meeting

Our Christmas meal meeting was once again at The Old Vicarage, Branston, and an excellent start to the festive season. It was well attended, and we all enjoyed the good company and a delicious meal. Pam Smith lit the Candle of Friendship and Liz Weatherhogg said Grace. We were all pleased that May Jones and Dorothy Jones were able to join us.

Jean’s Christmas Quiz had us all searching our childhood memories of Christmas Carols and songs, and was won by Helen D, Jane B and Ellen with the magnificent score of 21/25.

Roe’s bumper Christmas raffle with four prizes was won by Pauline, Helen D, Jackie L and myself. I was lucky to win a pretty Spode star shaped dish which will be much used over the Christmas festivities. Thanks to Pearl and Jean for organising and arranging the evening.

We are pleased to hear that Hazel S is home and recovering from her recent operation. We also send lots of love to Belinda L after her recent diagnosis and to Viv W whose husband Stuart is seriously ill.

Last month I joined the monthly coffee morning group who met at Pam Bolton’s, and attended Tangle’s Dementia Training evening along with other Tangent members, which was very interesting and informative.

Diary Dates

The Midlands Regional Lunch is on Saturday February 22nd at Sketchley Grange Hotel, Hinckley. The cost is £39 and the speaker is Sally Barker, who was a contestant on The Voice in 2014. She will be talking about this experience, her mentor Tom Jones and her music career.

January Meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday January 7th at The Royal Oak, Kings Bromley, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The menu will be seasonal, but with plenty of choice, and a cost of £17.50 including coffee and a tip. You should have received details already from Pearl.

March Meeting

As part of March’s Chairman’s meeting I am arranging a tour of Lichfield Cathedral which can include any particular areas of interest that you may have. I would also like to know if you would prefer me to arrange lunch before our visit or afternoon tea afterwards. I would be grateful if you could e-mail me with your preferences and ideas.

More details to follow in the New Year.

Finally my best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year



December 10th 2019

November: Chairman’s message


Floral Demonstration Evening

Our November 5th evening of Floral Demonstrations at Martin Heath Hall was a most enjoyable evening and well attended by our members, members of Tangles, and friends. Pat Brighton made three wonderful arrangements all based on the theme of “Bonfire Night”.

The first was her interpretation of fireworks, the second based on a Catherine Wheel, and the third was the Bonfire. Pat made it look so easy with her amazing ideas, and we all picked up some good useful tips.

Pat is Chairman of Fundraising for Sutton Coldfield Cancer Support Centre, and she explained in detail the valuable work of the Centre as she put together the arrangements. Our donation to the Centre was made up of the proceeds from the raffle together with other contributions.

Our thanks to Jean and Sue for all their hard work organising and preparing for the evening, and to Pat, who not only assisted Pat Brighton, but also read some topical poems. Also thanks to Jenny who collected all our monies, and Jane for organising the raffle of the three floral arrangements. Hazel Mathews won first prize and chose “Bonfire”, Pat Burbridge won second prize and chose “Catherine Wheel”, leaving the largest arrangement, “Fireworks”, for Liz Weatherhogg.

We all enjoyed mince pies, shortbreads, tea and coffee during a break between arrangements.

We are all sad to hear that Bryan Jones has died. I took some flowers on Tangent’s behalf to Dorothy, and joined with Dorothy and her family and many Tangent and 41 Club members on November 8th at Bryan’s funeral. We all send our love and heartfelt sympathy to Dorothy and her family.

We also send lots of love and get well wishes to Hazel Stanton who is in Ward 14 at Burton Hospital after an operation on November 5th. We hope that she will be home again very soon.

Earlier today I attended the Remembrance Service at the National Arboretum in the chilly sunshine, and laid Tangent’s wreath together with those from Lichfield 41 Club, Tangles, Spires, Ladies Circle and Round Table in the 41 Club Garden. Wreaths were also laid by  several past National Presidents from the Round Table family. Afterwards we all met at Alrewas Village Hall for an enjoyable lunch organised by Mac Cummings and several 41 Club members. Thanks to all involved in making it such a memorable day.

Diary Dates

We are all invited to Tangles Dementia Training Evening on Thursday November 21st at Pizza by Goli, Lichfield, 7.15 for 7.30 pm. Please contact Viv Wyss for more details if you would like to attend.

December Meeting

Our December meeting is on December 3rd at The Old Vicarage Branston. Please meet at 6.30 pm for a prompt start at 7.00 pm



November 10th 2019

October: Chairman’s message

Sharing and Supper Evening at Jennie’s

Despite the rain and floods eighteen of us enjoyed our Sharing and Supper Evening. An enormous thank you to Jennie and Andrew for all their preparation and hosting us all. Special thanks to all our cooks, Jennie, Deidre, Helen, Ruth, Jean and Sue for a delicious supper of quiche and salads, followed by apple cake and crumble.

Lots of us took a wide variety of contributions to share with the group, which ranged from nostalgic and humorous poetry to photos, samplers and books. Much to everyone’s surprise we have two very talented members amongst us, a poet and an author.

After supper and plenty of chat we were treated to a wonderful film show which Andrew had compiled from his and Jennie’s recent safari holiday to Botswana. His superb photography certainly rivalled David Attenborough.

Pam organised the raffle in Roe’s absence which was won by Ruth, and we welcomed Beverley, one of our Honoraries this year who has moved into Lichfield over the summer.

Our next meeting on Nov 5th is an evening of Floral demonstrations with the topical theme of Bonfire Night, and Pat’s friend Pat Brighton will be making the arrangements.  The venue is Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield, and Pearl will be sending details shortly. There will be drinks and mince pies at a cost of £5 per person. The meeting is open to friends and family as the arrangements will be raffled off for a donation to the Cancer Support Centre, where both Pats are part of the fund raising team. So please I do hope that as many of you as possible will be able to support the evening.

Diary Dates

Remembrance Sunday

I hope that you all received  my e-mail about this last month. Lunch will be held in Alrewas Village Hall around 1.00pm after the Service at the Arboretum. The cost of the two course meal and drinks will be £17.50. Please contact Mac at mac.cummings@btinternet.com if you would like to go.

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be at The Old Vicarage as usual. Pearl will be sending out details shortly as numbers are required in advance as December is a busy time for the Restaurant.


Mary       October 6th 2019

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 mac.cummings@btinternet.com 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.