December 9th 2020
December Social with Seasonal Cross Stitch
We got crafty in December, with members taking part in some seasonal cross-stitch led by avid cross-stitcher and committee member Bridget. Bridget took us through the basics step-by-step, and members created their own designs while chatting to other Blue Belles using Zoom breakout rooms. Just look at some of our creations!
November 11th 2020
Fish, Chips and Sea Folk
In November we were joined by Andy Malcolm, Fundraising Manager for the Fishermen’s Mission in the East of England. The Fishermen’s Mission is a charity that provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care to fishermen, active or retired, and their families. We learnt about the realities of modern life in the fishing industry, the challenges that fishing families face, and the invaluable support that is provided by the charity. Our members really value community and friendship, and these were some of the many facets of the charity that really stood out in Andy’s talk.
The talk was sobering and informative, but was also delivered with a good dose of fun; Andy taught us about the history of fish and chips, and we took part in a quiz. His enthusiasm and passion for the charity really stood out.
October 14th 2020
In October we were joined by Heather Greenhalgh from Fen End Country Kitchen, a local producer of chutneys, jams and curds. Based in the Cambridgeshire village of Over, her products are made by hand to traditional and modern recipes, often with a twist of their own. They use natural ingredients, many of which are locally sourced or foraged and in many cases, organic.
The committee put together sample pots for members (which were picked up in a socially-distanced way!), and while Heather talked to us about her recipes, methods and flavours, we got to taste some of them ourselves.
September 9th 2020
Japanese-Style Fabric Mending
Jemma Dell of The Yelling Pig joined us in September, to teach us about about the modern movement towards sustainable fashion and the creative approach that is Visible Mending. We learnt about the old Japanese traditions of ‘Boro’ and ‘Sashiko’, and followed along with a few different techniques.
The pictures below show some of the projects that we completed during and after the meeting. If you’d like to find out more, Jemma recommended searching for #visiblemending, and taking a look at this website.
Jemma offers spinning, weaving and sewing classes and tuition, and can be contacted at http://www.yellingpig.co.uk/, or found on Facebook.
August 12th 2020
Summer-themed Drink and Draw
We couldn’t meet in person for our summer social, but that wasn’t going to stop us getting together for a catch-up. So we took to Zoom once again, had a natter and a drink, and drew or painted some lovely summer-themed pictures. Here are the results…
July 8th 2020
The Universe and the Search for Life
The great thing about Zoom meetings is that your speaker doesn’t have to live locally, but can be based anywhere in the world! We were delighted to be joined in July by Ted von Hippel, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA. Ted’s areas of expertise include observational astronomy, star formation, history of the galaxy, stellar evolution, white dwarfs and direct air capture of carbon dioxide.
Ted’s talk took us to Mars, Jupiter’s moons and beyond, and concentrated on the question of whether there is any other life in the universe and, if so, how we locate it. The talk was really interesting, and Ted made the subject really accessible.
June 10th 2020
Ali’s Baltic Bakes
We were delighted to host Alison Lusis in June, who launched Ali’s Baltic Bakes in November 2014. Not only did she tell us all about Pīrāgi, but she also gave us a live demonstration of how to make them. The little yeast dough pies are a favourite amongst the Baltic and Eastern European nations, prized for their bite-sized convenience and adaptability. Ali produces her Pīrāgi from an original Latvian family recipe handed down by her father-in-law and she has developed her own fillings inspired by the flavours of the Baltic region, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. She is the winner of a Great Taste Award.
Pīrāgi are perfect for celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, mid-summer festivals, birthdays and more, and Ali sells regularly at markets and fairs, as well as taking private orders. Here Facebook page is here.
May 13th 2020
The Pixie Gardener
April 8th 2020
Poetry and Pets
March 11th 2020
February 12th 2020
Name of meeting
January 8th 2020
An Evening to Make, Do and Mend
It’s time to get out of the house and into the swing of the new year! And what better way to kick it off, as we think about our New Year’s Resolutions, than to start by looking at the virtue of buying second hand, mending what we have, and putting together a capsule wardrobe. Guiding us through all of this will be the Insta-famous Jade from @notbuyingnew.
We will be running a small-scale clothes swap; please bring along one or two good quality items that you no longer need, and a little bit of spending money; we will ask for a small donation for any items you take home.
A reminder too that Laura P has kindly offered to collect any unwanted toiletries for use by Addenbrooke’s or Jimmy’s Night Shelter, so don’t forget to bring these along with you.