No horse play*

Sally reports (via Facebook): We entered our first quiz of the year last night. Considering that it was organised by The George Equine Clinic and had a very definite horsey flavour to the questions, we did pretty well ... not in the top 3 teams, but also definitely not in the bottom 3 either. Many thanks to Diane and Michelle, plus our honorary Belle for the evening for joining me and adding to the fun! * = the name of our team!

A return to Denman

April enjoyed last year's weekend at Denman so much, she returned a couple of weeks ago... joined by Fiona P and Clare this time. She and Fiona shared the delights of American baking whilst Clare explored the intricacies of the Dorset Buttons craft class. It looks like a good time was had by all!

Beat those January blues!

It was a fantastic turnout for our first meeting of the year and what a great way to beat those January blues in the shape of Lis Hazell from the Tuneless Choir! Everyone was encouraged to join in this fun session of well-known numbers, and by the end of the evening everyone had left their inhibitions about singing in public well behind them. Quite a few Pewsham Belles already belong to Lis's choir, so we had a further insight into what they get up to... with kazoo-filled instrumental sections and even some choreography. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite quick enough to catch their kazoo technique during Don't Stop Me Know, so you'll have to make do with their special polo shirts instead. Th

Tiddly om pom pom

Ginny hosted the Crafty Crew's latest venture: how to make pom poms in bulk. Gill demonstrated using the wiggly metal pom pom maker she bought last year and provided everyone with simpler frames to practice on after raiding her office desk. 80 winds of wool are needed around the frame she's holding to make pom poms around an inch or two in diameter. Further threads are then tied at even intervals along the length of wool as tightly as possible and the wound threads cut through the middle between two of the tied threads (or off the frame at each end), Each pom pom is then fluffed up (rolling between hands helps) and trimmed to make an even shape. We soon learned: Wool with mixed fibres su

Thank You from Doorway

The above certificate was sent to Sally recently following the collection of goodies at our Christmas Party, then converted by her into a publishable format. The accompanying note from Amy Davis via email reads: I’m attaching the Thank you Certificate so you can share with the others. It was a lovely and very generous collection and thank you for organising and putting so much thought into it. Wishing you all a happy new Year. Well done ladies!

January Book Club: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

We had a great turn-out for our first meeting of 2019, where we reviewed Gail Honeyman's debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and probably had the most 'on subject' discussion to date. On the whole most people really enjoyed the book with a few exceptions, and some were glad they'd persisted with the read - being a book club choice got them through the first few difficult chapters! We agreed no matter what we thought of the book, it was an excellent way of introducing the issues of mental health and loneliness for a group discussion. Our overall verdict was 8 out of 10, with a wider spread of scores to usual (from 6 to 9). Reese Witherspoon has bought the film rights, so

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