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 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 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.