Message from Chairman Roe – February 2019

Lichfield Tangent – February Meeting

Our February meeting was at Mabel’s Tea Rooms or “Mabelling” as it is known in our family.

Nineteen of us ventured out in the rain to Curborough to consume copious amounts of tea, sandwiches and cake. We were served in the traditional fashion with three tiered stands, tea in pots and china crockery. I am sure that Mabel’s thought that I must be undernourished, being gluten-free, as I was served double the quantity of food for a normal appetite. It didn’t go to waste – goody bags were taken home and much appreciated.

Brenda won the raffle – she was delighted and Pat Dimeloe was relieved, as she kept saying “if I win again, I shall ask them to draw another ticket”.

By the time you read this missive, Ladies Night will have been and gone. I am really looking forward to a brilliant evening out in my posh frock.

Another Tangent year draws to a close with only one more meeting before the AGM. Could I urge members to please think about taking a post on the executive committee, the jobs are not difficult and filling them all enables us to run smoothly as a club.

Our next meeting is Tuesday 4th March at the Old Vicarage. Pearl has circulated the details.



Message from Chairman Roe – January 2019

Happy New Year January 2019

Happy New Year everybody, I trust that all of you had a brilliant festive season and hopefully you’ve not gained too much weight.

Our first meeting was a huge success with 21 members enjoying an evening of relaxation and chatter. I had a Turkey dinner which gave rise to a comment about “Another Turkey dinner” it was the only one that I had this festive season. We were sat at a long table a bit like school refectory dining but a lot more animated, no teachers to shush us.

I am looking forward to 2019. I’m not going to say that I hope it will be a bit quieter than last year for me, as this never seems to happen.

The venue and time of our 5th February meeting has changed from The Old Vicarage at Branston to afternoon tea at Mabel’s Tea Rooms, Curborough, 2pm start. Pearl has circulated all the details and explanation. Our 5th March meeting is now at The Old Vicarage, Branston.

Ladies night is almost upon us, it is Saturday 16th February, details from Andrew Stanton.

I would like to say a very big thank you to Pearl for coming on Tuesday and taking the money and organising the meal cards. Unfortunately Pearl was too unwell to stay and enjoy the evening, we hope she is feeling much better now.

Another very big thank you to Helen for coming to the meeting and organising the raffle which was won by Pat Dimeloe, a lucky lady. Our best wishes to Helen and hope she continues regain her health.

Sadly I let you know about Pat Burbridge’s husband, Roy, passing away on 30th December. I have circulated details about his funeral which is on 30th January.

This is the first time that I have mentioned it but it is only 3 meetings away from our AGM where we will be looking for a new executive committee and chairman. I am really enjoying this year in the chair and can honestly say that being chairman is not difficult or onerous especially with the help and support of the executive committee and Tangent members. Please think about it before the AGM in April.

I look forward to eating lots of cake with you at Mabel’s Tea Rooms on 5th February at 2pm.


PS   David would like to come and eat cake as well, no chance-a doggy bag will suffice.

Message from Chairman Roe – December 2018

Tangent Christmas Meeting

Just back from holiday and straight into the festive season. It was wonderful to see 33 ladies enjoying a relaxing and chatty evening over excellent food at The Old Vicarage – somehow Mary ended up telling us stories of her mother’s bloomers.

I agree with Pearl when she said that she thinks it was probably the best meal that we have had there.

Jane Boulton lit the Candle of friendship as she did, she expressed thoughts for those who were unable to be at the meeting with us, especially Audrey, Helen and Pat.

Mary Ward said Grace.

Jenny did an amazing job with the raffle; four prizes for a Christmas bonanza.

Thanks go to all the ladies and especially to Pearl for such excellent organisation of the evening.

On Thursday I went to the Debenhams gala event organised by Tangles. I had a very good evening looking around, eating canapes and drinking bubbly wine. I saw Viv and Brenda there, loaded down with shopping. I trust they found some bargains.

Our first meeting in the New Year will be at The Royal Oak, Kings Bromley on 8th January 2019, Pearl has emailed the details and menus out to everybody. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.


Message from Chairman Roe – November 2018

Christmas Tree Decorations

This November seventeen of us gathered in Martin Heath Hall to make Christmas Tree Decorations under the expert guidance of Mandy and Val.  Some very talented people produced felt Christmas trees, hearts decorated with holly and a trio of small picture tags. It was a very enjoyable and busy evening from which we came away with lots of clever ideas for being crafty and for upcycling things.

Tea, coffee and mince pies were the principle offerings, however the shortbread biscuits proved most popular. Thank you to everyone for bringing in the pies and shortbread biscuits.

Again, I must say a big thank you to Ruth for organising this event and would like to say how much I enjoyed myself.

Although unable to attend herself, Helen ensured there was a raffle by asking Jenny to take over. Thank you so much Jenny and Helen. By the way, Pat won the prize.

By the time these words hit the website, Remembrance Sunday will have been and gone. I know I will see some of you there or at the lunch that follows, it sounds as if it is going to be well attended.

The Christmas meeting is almost on us, where does the time go I keep asking myself? I hope to see lots of you at the Old Vicarage wearing your festive jewellery or jumpers. I think of this meeting as the start of the Christmas over-indulgences, a busy time of year for our tummies.


Message from Chairman Roe – October 2018

October Indulgence

Padlocks on purses and cards, pinkies cocked and ready as sixteen enjoyed sandwiches, cakes and scones washed down with samovars of tea and jugs of coffee. I didn’t notice anyone take up the offer of wine or prosecco; what a sober lot we were! A good time was had by all in The Barn at the Heart of the Country at Swinfen. Numerous outlets were open and ready to relieve us of our money, even a Christmas Shop, it felt strange looking at Christmas decorations at the beginning of October. We enjoyed ourselves so much that it was suggested that we have a repeat next year. A big thank-you to Ruth for thinking about afternoon tea and organising everything for us.

The November meeting is to be a Christmas craft evening on 6th November at the Martin Heath Hall, Christ Church. I am looking forward to making tree decorations; they might not match up to my children’s and grandchildren’s but one must try. Pearl has kindly circulated all the information, please book in with Ruth by 30th October.

Our Christmas meeting is to be at the Old Vicarage on 4th December, please book in with Pearl by 10th November. All information has been circulated by email.

Val Harris has sadly suspended her membership as she is unable to drive due to severe eye problems. We wish her all the best in the circumstances and sincerely hope not to lose contact with her.

I look forward to laughter and fun over the craft table in November.