Vanessa's FEBRUARY message

Hello ladies

Well, I don't know about you but I thoroughly enjoyed that Peter Jones chappie. Quite a lot of you told me what a good evening you'd had, which is nice, and I know Peter was thrilled with how many of his books he managed to flog. Probably not quite as thrilled as he was with getting a wheelie suitcase for £2 though! I've spent the last couple of weeks actually putting into place every single thing he recommended in his book (the being happy one, not the finding a new partner one. I think my husband might have had something to say if that was my bedtime reading!) I'm a sucker for a self help book and have read loads of them but I think Peter's is arguably the most useful I've read. I like the way you plan a monthly day into your diary for the year ahead to actually work on moving towards what you want in your life, and then another day for booking in more fun.  By the end of the year I'm going to be thin and rich with a marvellous social life! If you didn't buy it last month you can get it on Amazon and it's called 'How to do everything and be happy'.

Our meeting this month should be great fun. I don't want to give too much away but we've come up with some practical and hands on activities that will get us  working together in small groups. Plenty of chance to mingle and get to know each other while creating something amazing. It's not crafting though, for those of you who hate crafts! Intrigued? You'll have to come along!

If you haven't yet coughed up your subs, below are our bank details. If you aren't planning on renewing (but you're having a crafty read of my email anyway!) please could you let us know? It saves Mandy loads of work following up with people.

We have decided to have an ongoing collection for the local food banks and Paula has very kindly agreed to deliver all our contributions. Anything you would like to bring along would be most welcome for  local people who are currently having a hard time. The smellies for the sick and sanitary products collections will continue too.

Finally, I'm delighted to announce that Jenny's Jaunt to the Mary Quant exhibition at the V&A is going ahead. 

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

It will be on Saturday May 18th at a cost of £27. The ticket for the exhibition is  £12 so it's only costing a mere £15 for the convenience of travelling right to the door of the V&A, let alone the convivial company! Places are likely to sell out so don't forget to bring your money to the next meeting. Or do a bank transfer with your name and 'V&A trip' as a reference.

Looking forward to seeing you all. Vanessa