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Creative Writing for Fun

Usually we meet on the last Friday of the month, 2-4pm at St. Nicholas Church, Little Bowden.  Each month we read out our 500-600 word pieces and agree on a title for the following month.  It is fascinating to hear how every title sparks a different response from each writer, and this leads to lots […]

Walking (Half Day – Wednesday)

The May walk will take place on Wednesday, 11th May, and will start from The Stilton Cheese Inn at Somerby.  The walk is about 5.5.miles, taking in part of the Leicestershire Round, Burrough Hill Iron Age Fort and Burrough on the Hill and is on grass, tracks and paths through farm fields.  Street parking is […]

Walking (Strollers)

On our April stroll we had bluebells, the smell of wild garlic, rural views and good weather.  Thank you to Kath and John, Launde Abbey is always a delight to visit.  Our next stroll is on Friday, 10th June, from the Wharf Inn at Welford, meeting at the earlier time of 09.45am for a 10am […]

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Walking (Half Day – Thursday)

Our next walk is on Thursday, 19 May, starting at 10am.  It will be from Gumley, which is west of Foxton Village and Locks.  The walk will cover about 5 miles, and is being led by Neil Heptonstall.  The meeting point is outside The Bell pub in Main Street.  We plan to finish by 12.30pm. […]

Bird Watching (Thursday) – April meeting

It was a new reserve for us in April at Northamptonshire Wildlife Trust’s Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows site.  Warblers were singing everywhere, including chiffchaff, willow warbler, blackcap, sedge warbler and common whitethroat.  Emphasizing that Spring had really arrived, our first swallows and common terns were recorded.  In May, weather permitting, we’ll take picnics and do […]

Play Reading (Shakespeare)

No one can have escaped the fact that this year we are celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, on 23rd April 1616.  This is the perfect time to join us, to read some of his plays, to speak his words and to watch them performed.  At our next meeting on […]

Music Appreciation (Tuesday) – April meeting

In April Sue presented the programme of music.  We began with a piece of organ music by Louis Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869) – the ‘Offertoire in D minor’ which was a favourite of one of our longstanding members – Lionel Brown – who died in March on Good Friday.  This was followed by the ‘Third Sonata for […]

Card Craft (No 2) – April meetings

Since Easter we have met as usual.  First we dabbled using those ‘masks’ which most of us have but do not use.  Then during the second session we tackled a Rennie Mackintosh design, more difficult than it looked, but very effective.  Our line up for May involves firstly stamping techniques and secondly I suspect, a […]

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Walking – All Day

Llamas (or are they alpacas, we weren’t sure) spotted today while on our April walk near Blatherwycke. The next walk, which will be led by Helen Salisbury, is on 26th May.  It is approximately 8.5 miles, with minimal stiles, starting from the car park at Draughton Crossing on the Brampton Valley Way.  Please car share if […]

Patchwork & Quilting (No 1) – April meetings

April was ‘Appliqué April’ and we had a go at some of the many methods of appliqué, with varying degrees of success, from the ‘Apliquick’ method with its tools and glue, to using interfacing shapes; as well as the more common methods of fusible web appliqué and needleturn appliqué, which is my personal favourite.  Everyone […]