FOLLOWING the singing of Jerusalem, Ann Binding, vice president, welcomed all members and Jenny Barham, the speaker for the evening.

Shirley Williams, Hannah Branfield and Gillie Baker received their Birthday flowers.

Jenny Barham’s subject was ‘Celebratory Garlands’. Despite suffering a stroke, but making a miraculous recovery, Jenny is a very busy lady with her garland activities. She recycles all materials and never buys any fabrics. She bakes cakes, does gardening etc to obtain beautiful material.

She uses a great variety of articles including skirts, dresses, scarves, curtains, trousers and ties. Jenny uses any fabrics such as hessian and net fruit bags.

She uses old small ringed hosepipes to make a circle placing vaseline in both ends, plus dowling to join it up, followed by covering the join with duck tape.

She makes bandages from fabric found inside misshaped pillowcases. These are firmly wound around the circle. The selection of fabrics by colour and type are made and cut into required lengths and widths and tied around the circle using a firm reef knot. Some fabrics are fringed for variety.

Jenny does commissions for Weddings and Christmas etc.

Marilyn Coates thanked Jenny for her excellent presentation.

The results of the competition for a handmade Christmas Decoration were 1 - Val Marshall, 2 - Annette Horsey, 3 - Elaine Preston.

The Christmas Party on Tuesday December 6, at 7pm at the Phoenix Centre with Rodney Ettery as the entertainer. Members are requested to bring a plate of food and a wrapped present worth a pound for the lucky dip.