At 9.30am on August 9th, 23 members & guests left Stoke Ferry on a Harrods mystery coach tour.
Our driver, Adam, took a devious route to keep us guessing, until we arrived at our first stop, the market town of Saffron Walden. Although it was raining lightly, we all managed to explore the many little lanes & individual shops. However, on leaving our chosen lunch venues, the heavens had opened, and most of us got extremely wet walking back to the coach.
After a short journey, our spirits were lifted when we arrived at our 2nd stop, a farmhouse in Steeple Bumpstead which displayed a sign saying “The Chocolate lady”. We were shown into a large room, where “The Lady” in question, Julie Sherry, gave an interesting talk & demonstration on chocolate-making. We were given tasters of the different sorts, & one special hazelnut cup that she had made for each of us. Julie explained that chocolate is graded by the %age of cocoa solids it contains, & that the legal limit for it to be labelled chocolate is a minimum of 39%.
We were then each served with tea or coffee & a jam & fresh cream scone. Handmade chocolates & truffles were available for us to buy if we wished.
The coach then returned to Stoke Ferry, arriving home at 6pm.
Members thanked Mrs Gillian Smith for organising the day, which was enjoyed in spite of the monsoon!
The next meeting will take place on Sept 6th, and will be a talk on bee keeping by Fred Lucas.
Claire Lankfer
( secretary )


Minutes of the meeting held on 7th June 2017
Mrs. Hazel Hearne welcomed 20 members.
Apologies were received from Doris Armsby, Claire Lankfer, Janet Cooper and Mavis Smith.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed.
Gillian Smith asked about the outing in August. The date has to be changed to either the 2nd or 9th August. There was a show of hands and the 9th August was chosen. It was decided that a mystery tour organised by Harrods, to include a cream tea, was be best option.
This tour will cost about £25 and is open to all. The more people to book the cheaper it will be. Anyone interested should contact Gillian Smith on 01553 810753 before the end Of June as payment is needed before the outing.
A message came from Rosemary Pease of Wereham who will hold a craft meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month 10.30-12.30. She would like to recruit someone with a spinning wheel for everyone to use. Actually, what she meant was that she is going to engage a lady with a spinning wheel to demonstrate and teach those interested and wondered whether members of the Ladies Group would like to attend. Anyone interested should contact 500 757.
Hazel Hearne presented a birthday card to Anita Horgen.
Teas: Heather Durrance and Valerie Kirchen
Door and raffle: Audrey Hudson and Pam Cann
Vote of thanks: Carol Thulboume
Birthdays: Hazel Hearne and Gypsie Duncan
We had an amazingly well organised fish and chip supper fetched for us by Valerie Kirchen’s daughters. All the packs were named which made the distribution so easy. Everything was hot and very tasty and it made a lovely social evening enjoyed by all. It was a very successful venture and the weather would not have been suitable for a barbecue.
The raffle was won by Rosemary White, Wendy Quadling and Janet Burns
The meeting ended at about 9.15 pm.
Janet Burns Acting Secretary