As part of their Healthy Eating Week Sibsey Free School invited us to take part int their 'Ready, Steady, Cook' evening, where many examples of food from around the world were on display for sampling. Pupils, Parents, Teachers and local organisations took part.
One of our members displayed sugar craft and many children enjoyed making sugar flowers to go on an iced bun.
Being as Sibsey School no longer has a kitchen the money raised from the evening was going to be put towards the purchase of an oven to allow the children the opportunity to cook.
You would never have guessed that this quiet podium would become the battle ground for an unusual and funny version of 'Ready Steady Cook'.
This delightful young 'lady' was the presenter for the evening. Introducing us to the teams and attempting to prevent foul play (like sneaking in a large spoon of chilli into the opponents dish..! ). The teams too were in full panto mode and the children booed and hissed in all the right places.
Wonder woman stood by and sampled the finished dishes.
It was a brilliant evening and enjoyed by everyone. And in the words of the Headmaster - 'We must do it again'.
On January 1st 2014 the Centenary Baton started its long journey from Llanfair in Angelsey. It has travelled the length and breadth of the country arriving with us in Lincolnshire South on June 4th and will end its momentous journey at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4th 2015 in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
What a wonderful boost it would be for the Women's Institute to have the young Duchess of Cambridge join us in our centenary year. We are not all 'fuddy duddies' as the pressed leads us to believe we have many young women members. The Queen is the President of the Sandringham WI, the Countess of Wessex, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Anne are all members, along with the late Queen Mary and Queen Mother. So like everyone else Kate will be warmly welcomed.
I had the pleasure of visiting family down in Kent recently and was in awe of the bluebells. I can't remember seeing so many in one place since my childhood. The smell alone was wonderful.
Half the worlds population of the English bluebell is found in the UK but sadly over the years the Spanish variety has found its way into our woodlands via fly- tipping. It is beginning to cross breed with our native species, which will change the population forever.
I knew they were poisonous but I didn't know that that sticky sap from the bluebell has had many uses over the years.
Last night we heard the Pro's and Con's of our new resolution and voted accordingly so that our member can give our vote at this years Centenary AGM at the Royal Albert Hall. We had three guests last night and to make the evening fun we had members bring part of their collections to share with us.
Pat's frogs and toads delighted us ranging from coal, jade, glass, cloth and each with a tale to tell.
Ann's wonderful collection of 'Treen'
Treen is a generic name given to small handmade functional household objects.
Lesley brought a small part of her vast collection of bookmarks. Each one holding a memory of where and when it was bought.
Lastly we were given a tale of a lavish tea at the Ritz, photographs taken in the lavish 'Ladies Room',dainty sandwiches, warm scones, tea poured in to china cups decorated with small blue flowers. A special treat that will remain with her forever.
The evening finished off with our own tea and delicious home-made cakes.
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