December 2021

President Julie Andrews welcomed thirty-six members and two guests to our December meeting. Our two Christmas trees from the Christmas Tree Festival were still in situ with lights twinkling although the jam and Jerusalem decorations had been removed to be sold during the meeting. Apologies were accepted and the record of the last meeting was read, approved, and signed. Thanks go to Mary Wheatley for her Christmas arrangement shown above and to Jo Scott and Margaret Richards our coffee hostesses for the morning.

Elisa Croucher thanked those members who had made cakes for the refreshments in the Lads’ Club for the festival. Then Kay Hygate thanked Castle Green for entering the festival which was a great success. Please click here to read about the Festival and see the photos.

On December 2nd 46 members and friends had gathered at Lympne Castle for a Christmas lunch which was enjoyed by everyone. Jean Lewis thanked the committee for organising the event. Please click here to see the photos and read the report.

The next meeting of the Knit and Natter group will be held on Zoom on January 20th at 2pm. Following on from the highly successful knitted blankets project the group will be knitting fiddle muffs which are helpful for those suffering from dementia. Jackie Vickerman has the full details.

At the January meeting Barbara Buckie will be organising a Sales Table. Many members will remember that this has been a regular feature of our meetings. Please remember to put your name and the price you are asking on the item and, most importantly, remember to take it home if it is not sold! Twenty percent of each sale will go to Castle Green funds.

After enjoying mince pies, mulled wine/apple juice and a good chat members readied themselves to make a Christmas cracker led by Margaret Palmer. Margaret had been our speaker at our last face to face meeting in March 2020 when we had made a table decoration out of paper napkins. She supplied us with everything we needed and with her sense of fun and dry wit led us through the process of making a cracker. During the next hour with Margaret and her assistant’s help and with much concentration and a lot of laughing we each made a cracker complete with hat, motto, gifts, and a “banger.” Gill Chapman thanked Margaret for a lovely Christmassy morning.

On behalf of members Margaret Alcock presented Julie Andrews with a liquid gift to thank her and her husband for all their help to get us Zooming over the past months which kept Castle Green going and for our Blog.

Click here to read the details of our next meeting to be held on Friday January 14th 2022 at 10am