Vanessa's March Offering

Hello ladies.

Wasn't it a fascinating talk last month? Who knew that a treasure like that lay just off our shore. It's always great to hear speakers with such passion for their subject so many thanks to Carol and Steve for a jolly interesting evening.

Well, we may be in the middle of an arctic freeze but next week our thoughts will be skipping lightly ahead to Spring. In our craft extravaganza we'll be making dead cute Easter sock bunnies and  Easter bonnets, complete with bonnet parade and prize for the most fetching. If you love crafting, come along and get stuck in. If you hate it, come along anyway for a gossip and a laugh. After all, everybody needs a sock bunny in their lives. If you have any trimmings suitable for a straw hat that you'd like to donate, pleased do bring them along. Don't forget, the new venue is the Naval Association on East Street in Southend, opposite the chiropractic clinic. There's a car park round the back and you can also park in the clinic if the shutters are down.

After my heart wrenching appeal at the last meeting I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have four new committee members. Some came forward of their own volition, others with their arms firmly twisted up their backs, but all are most welcome. Many thanks to Liz, Paula, Jo and Alison. I'm very much looking forward to working with you and I know our meetings will benefit from an influx of new ideas and energy.

We're trying out a something new from the next meeting where one member a month can have a table, and a few minutes of speaking time if they want, to showcase their business/hobby/special interest. This month Jo East will be displaying some of her beautiful art work. If you think you might like a table at another meeting, drop us an email or grab me next week.

I'm delighted that so many of you signed up to the new craft sub group. We had our first meeting on Monday and nine of us were so keen that we took our lives in our hands and battled through the snow to get there.(I suppose that should we have become stranded we could have survived by wrapping ourselves up in a cocoon of our knitting wool) The Club was lovely and warm, the company even more so, and a convivial time was had by all. We meet on the last Monday of the month so I'm looking forward to seeing all you crafters on the 26th. If anybody else has any ideas for new sub groups, do come forward. The Naval Club is a great venue so meetings won't necessarily have to be held in members' homes, as has always been the case in the past. New committee member Jo Cobb is looking at launching a cinema club, which sounds like fun. I know I keep saying this but the sub groups really are the best way to make new friends, as they're small and intimate.

Our wonderful Jenny is in the process of organising a few new jaunts for us. So far she's booked Bletchley for May 11th and Eltham Palace is in the pipeline. Our trips are always popular and sell out quickly so I would suggest you bring your chequebooks along so you can get in there first, if she announces anything you like the sound of. Also, don't forget to bring your sanitary products for needy ladies (wipes and tampons particularly welcome) and smellies for the sick.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Much love