A host of purple crocuses

It was snowdrop day at Lacock Abbey today, though the purple crocuses held centre stage instead. William Henry Fox Talbot planted a few corms around 200 years ago and they have steadily multiplied into this glorious sight. They're earlier than usual this year owing to the recent warm weather. They'll be there for a few more days yet, so it's worth getting down there if you can. This was the latest Flexi Club venture, which also supported the NGS. If you're not a National Trust member, then snowdrop day is a good way of seeing if you like the Abbey. Entrance is much cheaper than usual and it supports a worthwhile cause.

Writing's new look

Our creative writing group have a smart new logo and are now called the Creative Writing and Storytelling Group in recognition that the spoken word can be just as compelling as the written one. The first meeting of 2019 got off to a cracking start with Michelle revealing her top tips gleaned from her recent weekend away on a writing workshop. Fiona was on top form with her two new poems, and Wendy had a novel way of finding the next prompt - via the racing card for yesterday's 3.35pm race at Ludlow! Going forward the group will meet on the second Thursday of the month and storytellers of all genres and abilities are welcome to join Wendy at her house at 7.30pm. Here's the next prompt - y

Your reading list for 2019

The votes are in and we have the next set of reading choices to take us well into 2019. Most of these are from the library's list and so have a good number of books in stock for us to borrow. Having said that, most of them are out already! Wendy is currently trying to call in copies of our top choice Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. Watch this space for further news of our next read. October's John Aubrey Group (JAG) will have local author Judith Cranswick as the speaker. She's a writer of 'cosy mysteries' and the first novel in her Fiona Mason series, Blood on the Bulb Fields, is currently free on Kindle. You may like to download and have a read ahead of October's meeting. Fiona is a to

Crafts revisited

Last night's Crafty Crew had an opportunity to revisit some of the crafts we've tried over the past couple of years since the Crew got going. The results from paper weaving show a great return for the amount of effort involved, as long as the last contrasting paper in the weave can be slotted carefully into place. Ginny's card making stash once again came to the fore to give us a great choice of papers to use in the weave. A simple felt heart on the WI 's Show the Love theme and our favourite origami butterflies also put in an appearance. The next Crafty Crew is at Caroline's house on March 18th, where we will try our hand at making a macrame plant holder. Bring along a pot or jar you'

February Book Club: The Dry

Wendy via Facebook says: "Great evening with the book club discussing The Dry by Jane Harper. Generally we considered this to be an interesting read with the emphasis on the plot rather than characters. We scored the book 7 out of 10." It was great to welcome new member Laura to the group. Going forward book club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month - the dates are now listed at the top of the page. The reading list for the next 6 months will be confirmed shortly.

Made in Chippenham

We had a great start to Our Town this year with the theme 'Made in Chippenham'. The objects brought in for discussion were varied, surprising in some cases, and formed great prompts for further stories and trips down memory lane. We looked at: A mug commemorating over 100 years of Westmead School (1888-1989 - the school closed when King's Lodge opened on Pewsham) A bespoke screw made at Emjay Engineering in Union Road A brick made at Chippenham steam brickworks, clearly marked as such - a source of the many warm red brick buildings seen in Chippenham A print of a painting of the Market Square - a modern version of an earlier, more valuable painting of the same scene which is held under loc

From drag to gags

Two quick-fire, quite different rounds for our theatre qoers this week, courtesy of Fiona P's latest bookings... On Tuesday Bath Odeon cinema was the venue for an Encore theatre performance of Everybody's Talking About Jamie, the hit west-end musical. This is a show about a boy whose dreams lie in the world of drag artistes and the prejudices he faces to get there. Fiona sums it up better, "An excellent funny modern show, with a boy who could walk in 5 inch heels better than any of us!" Then last night , "A small but perfectly formed theatre group outing to The Cause to see the highly entertaining and very funny Instant Wit! Great to have such class acts performing in local venues." Taki

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