A return to Allington

A chilly spring day didn't put off our stalwarts from visiting Allington Grange for their National Garden Scheme opening. It was a lovely garden to look around with the bonus of a good choice of cake to fortify our walk back!

The film of the book is a hit

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society proved to be as well loved by our dozen cinema goers as the book was in Book Club last year. Film reviews in the press have been mixed, as is often been the case with the more 'female oriented' films. ('scuse the sweeping generalisations here). It was good to ignore what they say and see for ourselves. We also proved The Astoria is open for business during its refurbishment. Here's to a 5-screen cinema and decent viewing times for the films we want to see in the future!

Belles have a bash!

We've had our noisiest evening yet, so loud we all had to wear earplugs! The White Horse Samba Band gave us a thoroughly entertaining evening with plenty of different instruments to explore and bang away on to get rid of all our stress and tension. From the biggest of drums to the jiggly tambas, we all ended up with huge smiles on our faces. Who knew tapping out Bob the Builder could be so much fun! Whistles and hand signals from the White Horse team ensured we kept with the beat throughout the session. I think our visitors from Lockside were impressed, so look out for a potential return visit to Pewsham in their future programme. In a packed month the Book Club found many plot holes

Church towers and cake make interesting reading...

We had another fun filled evening at Writing Group, exploring the stories inspired by the location 'At the top of the church tower' and the object 'Cake'. It's great to see how everyone develops their story line and that they are so completely different in style and content, with not a dead vicar in sight! Wendy also shared the great tips she picked up at Corsham Bookshop's talk on creative writing recently. Next month's meeting is on Tuesday 22nd May. Our theme for the next one is location = caravan and object = key. Use of the writing prompts is optional and all kinds of writing are encouraged in this warm, supportive group. Happy writing!

What a lot we've got!

What generous and talented ladies we have at Pewsham Belles! Here's a selection of Innocent hats we've made and collected so far, with Sarah V and Gill deserving of special mentions for the numbers they've knitted. Gill went one step further by exploring the huge variety of novelty hat patterns available on The Big Knit website. Plenty of other Pewsham Belles were involved over the past few months and we've made over 50 hats. We'll continue to collect these ready to send off to Innocent in one go, so get those needles out if you haven't so far! There are plenty of ideas to inspire you, and the easy knits on the website are a very quick make and perfect for those small oddments in your stas

A full house for the Crafty Crew

It was a full house for last night's Crafty Crew where we welcomed Caroline for the first time and everyone decided to attend after March's no shows. Note it was decided to make a small charge of a £1 per session going forward to cover costs - more than a year on since the Crew was formed, we're getting to the end of our crafty stashes! What a packed evening it was. We made 2 different kinds of paper butterflies, plus some felt roses for the Roses for Rosie fundraiser in June. Sarah told us about some of her voluntary work with Springboard where she has dressed up as the mascot. Apparently it can get quite hot in there! It's clear that the Roses for Rosie initiative is close to her heart.

The walking cafe

The walking cafe is go! We had a beautiful walk from Allington through quiet country lanes to Kington St Michael to meet for coffee and cake with our morning's non-walkers. As you can see we set out in gloomy fog, but our way back was in glorious spring sunshine. Here's the map of our walk courtesy of Google Maps - the postcode shown in Kington St Michael marks the site of Folly Row Cafe, which is well worth a visit. We did a there and back again as the circular walk via the A350 would be a tad too dangerous! In Summary Start point: On the A420 opposite Allington Farm Shop Distance: About 5.2 miles Difficulty: Easy - mainly flat and quiet country roads Walk time: Around 2 to 3 hours

April Book Club: The Mistake

Wendy reports (via Facebook): It was great to catch up with the ladies at book club this week. We had an interesting debate about the merits of 'The Mistake' by KL Slater. Whilst it was an easy going page turner the plot has so many holes we thought we might be holding a sieve! We scored this one 5.5 out of 10. We should have known, the clue was in the title. Our next meeting is Tuesday 8th May when we we be discussing 'The Good Liar' by Nicholas Searle. I have one spare library copy, and hopefully more will be available by our next main WI meeting. NB it's also time for book club members to get their thinking caps on and choose their next 2 recommendations for us to vote on. We're nearl

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