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 mac.magpies@gmail.com 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.




Book stall

Would all members attending the June meeting at Sue’s please take any books for Jean who is having a book stall at Lullington Open Gardens event on June 29 and 30th

Calender updates

July 2nd Lichfield Guided Walking Tour, entitled “Gruesome and Ghostly”. Starting at 6.30 in front of The Garrick, ending there at 8.00pm. Followed by a buffet supper at Bistro Bar ’55, Wade Street, located outside the Garrick, price of walking tour is £6 and supper will be approx. £10.

August 20th (please note change of normal meeting date) Elford Gardens, cost £7.00 for a guide and a cream tea.

Thank you to Jean and Sue for their hard work in arranging these events for us.

Message from Chairman Mary – May 2019

May’s walk this year was around the Roman heritage site at Wall. The weather had been dismal all day but fortunately it cleared, and we all enjoyed the sunny evening. The serious walkers set off at quite a pace while some of us enjoyed a gentle stroll with plenty of chat.

Thanks to Jennie for planning and leading the walk, and to Pearl for collating our menu choices, liaising with The Trooper and collecting our money. Despite the slow service Pearl did her best to chase up the orders for some extremely hungry walkers! However the wait was worth it in the end. An enjoyable evening with good food, good company and lots of chat.

Roe presented me with the Chairman’s jewel, and I gave the Vice Chairman’s badge to Pat as neither of us were present at the AGM. My thanks to Tangent for the lovely flowers also given to me by Roe.

I have sent cheques on behalf of Tangent, £100 to both British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research, our chosen charities for 2018 – 2019 as voted at AGM. I have also sent Get Well cards, again on Tangent’s behalf, to both Mary Jones and Brenda Carter. Mary was in Burton Hospital for several weeks; both are now recovering.

Despite inviting Alice Higgins, Ladies Circle Chairman, Suzanne Woodburn, Tangles Chairman and Beverley Fathers to be our Honorary members this year, I have only had one acceptance so far from Beverley. I understand that Beverley was a member of Lichfield Circle and also Area Chairman, and she is shortly moving back to the Lichfield area.

Sadly we have received three resignations. Chris C, Pat Ball and Anne Parker feel that their commitments prevent them from attending meetings now. We are sorry to lose them, and hope this is temporary.

My thanks to Jennie for producing directories for us all again this year, and to Sue and Jean who have been busy organising a super social programme this year. Of course if anyone has any other fantastic ideas or suggestions of activities or visits, please do let us know.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 4th June, and will be a Pimms and Strawberry evening at Sue Dimeloe’s. Putting in my order for sunshine now!


Mary       May 9th 2019