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May 2022 report

It was a bright sunny St Patrick’s Day for our trip to The Outlook Cafe at Fox’s Marina in Ipswich. About seventeen members, (many wearing a bit of green!) enjoyed coffee and cake and had a chance to catch up with each other and set the world to rights!

The Birds and the Bees

Our first meeting in April was a visit to the New Wolsey Theatre to see “The Birds and the Bees”, a cheeky comedy set on an East Anglian farm where Gail (appropriately named) keeps honeybees! This was a saucy and very funny romp concerning a lonely widowed mother, and a daughter whose marriage had recently broken up, but who both found love and romance in unexpected ways, after a few hiccups on the way!

In spite of the sometimes-raucous comedy, and bawdy sex scenes which had the audience in stitches, there was a heart-warming and positive moral to this story. Even when the best-laid plans don’t work out as expected, there are usually ways through the difficulties which give a happy outcome for everyone! A lovely, positive note to end on!

Coming up we have a talk on “The Silk Road from China to East Anglia”, “Reminiscences of a Bluebell Girl” and a garden visit with tea and cakes to look forward to! Why not join us? You’ll be glad you did!

April 2022 report

After another of our very pleasant coffee and cake gatherings at the Bluebell Tea Rooms, our next “In” meeting was appropriately entitled “Staying Fit and Healthy”! Our two guest speakers were Tom Leith, our popular local Physiotherapist, and Pilates Instructor Jill Sharp, who runs courses in Capel and Bentley. They were responding to questions from members and giving advice on health topics.

Tom talked about aspects which influence our overall well-being and mobility: good breathing, digestion and hydration, posture and exercise all play an important part. There were several questions asked, which led to much open discussion.

Pilates Instructor Jill Sharp, Physio Tom Leith & Brian Taylor from the Blossom Appeal

Jill gave us an outline of Joseph Pilates, and the fact that he’d developed his exercise regime as a result of his own sickly state, (he suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever), to improve his own health, strength and resilience. Its main focus is on exercising the body from the diaphragm to the pelvis.

During the evening we launched our charity fundraiser for breast cancer, to help the Blossom Appeal, and their spokesman Brian Taylor was there to report on the progress of the new Breast Cancer Treatment Centre at Ipswich Hospital. Building has just started, with completion scheduled for October. They are about half a million pounds away from their £6.2 million target, but with several pledges in place.

To boost funds for this very worthwhile cause we had a “PINK ITEMS” Bring and Buy Stall, and this, together with a donation from Capel Ladies Club, raised £100.00!

We also had a few guests, including some from East Bergholt, all in all it was a very successful evening. What we need now are a few more new members!

Our next meeting is for tea and cakes at The Outlook at Fox’s Marina, near Bourne Bridge, on 17th March, and our trip to the New Wolsey Theatre to see “The Birds and The Bees” is on April 7th! Come and join us!

January 2022 report

In mid-November a small group of Capel Ladies enjoyed another afternoon tea and some retail therapy at Corncraft Gift Shop and Tearoom, Monks Eleigh. It was a chance to do a bit of early Christmas shopping and relax over cakes and coffees!

Our Christmas meal was able to go ahead this year – and thirty-one ladies enjoyed a slap-up lunch at The Brook, Washbrook. The staff were very efficient and attentive and everyone enjoyed the festive food and the chance to celebrate after missing out last year because of Covid.

One of our members – Sue Maynard – was also celebrating a “Special” Birthday, and after a chorus of “Happy Birthday” our Chairlady Mary Butters presented her with a potted plant! Altogether it was a very happy occasion!

Coming up we have our Christmas Social, and then, in January, a visit to the Orchard Players’ show, “Musical of Dreams”. Lots to look forward to – why don’t you join us?

November 2021 report

Now that Autumn has arrived, we are properly into our Autumn programme, and we now have something a bit more meaty to report on!

Brian Faulkner & Chairlady
Mary Butters

After our entertaining Jazz Galore Social we had a second gathering in September for our Open Evening. It was a very successful night with the craft and cards stalls as well as Kristy Barbouti’s Zova Chic clothing outlet for visitors and members to browse. There was a raffle which included some floral table arrangements made by Linda Evans, and coffee and cakes were served. At least two new members signed up and there were a few more interested ladies who promised to come to our next meeting. This was, of course, the talk by Brian Faulkner, the charismatic vet, entitled “Oh, the Life of a Vet…!” on 7th October.

Brian was born into a Northern Ireland farming family, the eldest of three children. His family had a mixed farm with cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens, and they also grew vegetables, largely potatoes. It was generally expected of Brian that, as the oldest boy, he would take over the family farm when he grew up, but instead he went off to Edinburgh University to train as a vet. Although his training involved all types of animals, he preferred the smaller creatures and domestic pets, and after working in Lincolnshire for a while he eventually married a Suffolk-born girl and his current practice is in Aldeburgh, not far from where he lives. Being very interested in animal and human behaviour he also gained a degree in psychology, and has lectured on this in different parts of the world.

He gave us a very interesting and amusing talk, relating some of his funny experiences with different animals, and he told us that a lot of the time the problems animals have can be aggravated by the way they are kept and treated. Their owners sometimes need to be educated in how to look after them properly with careful attention to their diet, exercise and surroundings. Much like humans really! Capel Ladies had one or two questions for him, and we even learnt some interesting facts about the sex life of the ferret! A very entertaining evening – and so nice to be back at a normal scheduled meeting!

Here are the details of our Programme leading up until Christmas, which we hope will go ahead without any further Covid restrictions! As a rule, we meet on the first Thursday of each month in Capel Library, with the meeting starting at 7.45pm., although it’s best to arrive by 7.30pm to find a seat. On the 3rd Thursday of the month we usually have an outing of some kind. We hope to see as many of you as possible who would like to join us at these events!

  • 4th November – ‘Suffolk Ghosts and Hauntings’ – Robert Halliday.
  • 18th November – Trip to Corncraft, Monks Eleigh for Christmas Shopping (own transport).
  • 2nd December – Christmas Meal at The Brook, Washbrook (details coming soon).
  • 16th December – Christmas Social, with table decoration demo by Brenda Eyers.

We look forward to welcoming anyone who would like to join us! For more details please see elsewhere on the website, or ring our Chairlady Mary Butters on 01473 310859.

Tea Party + 2021 July Report

Capel Ladies Club finally hit the road again at the end of May with our postponed Tea Party attended by a couple of dozen members on a beautiful sunny day in Liz and Tony Gullivers’ lovely garden! We even managed a sizeable Raffle and most people won a prize of some kind! We are now looking forward to our Summer Social on 1st July, when Jazz Galore will be entertaining us in the Community Centre, and there will be the usual cold buffet and access to the Bar!

Before this we plan an afternoon trip out for coffee at the Milkshed Cafe, at Sproughton, on 17th June at 2.30pm, and with the Scarecrow Trail weekend coming in July we have a scarecrow-making team ready for the challenge to create a mysterious and glamorous lady!

I reckon we’ll all take a breath in August for our summer break, ready for our new season which will hopefully begin in September, back in the Library from 7.45pm on the first Thursday of the month!

Guests and new members always welcome! Have a good summer!

3rd Sept | Afternoon Tea at Bluebell Tea Room

It was a real treat for sixteen members of Capel Ladies Club to meet up for the first time since Lockdown began, and by all accounts the last, now, for a while! The occasion was Afternoon Tea in the Bluebell Tea Room at the By Pass Nurseries, where Mandy and her team made us all very welcome.

We had finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and cakes too, accompanied by unlimited cups of tea and coffee – delicious! The service was excellent and came with plenty of smiles and everyone enjoyed the occasion very much!

It was especially nice to see Molly Johansen with us, as she has recently had a bout of very poor health, and it was good to see she is on the way to recovery. At the end of the afternoon Rose Chiverton thanked Mandy and her team, and confirmed that Capel Ladies Club will definitely be continuing into 2021 with some new committee members joining our ranks.

The only unfortunate thing is that we won’t be able to meet as a whole club for at least six months or more, thanks to Covid-19! Oh well, perhaps we should split into breakaway groups of six and have our own mini-meetings on the green near the war memorial……!

Just joking, of course – but roll on next Spring when perhaps we’ll be able to gather in the Library once again at 7.45pm. on the first Thursday of the month!

Meanwhile – Keee-eep smiling! (And remember to wash those hands!)

20th Feb | Indian meal at Zaynab

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In mid-February a small group of Capel Ladies gathered at Zaynab, our local Indian restaurant, for an evening meal. It was a very enjoyable occasion with delicious food and friendly service. For some of us it was the first time we had tried Indian restaurant food but I’m sure it won’t be the last!

10th Dec | Christmas Meal at The Chequers, Great Blakenham

Around thirty Capel Ladies attended our annual Christmas meal, this year at The Chequers, Great Blakenham, where we all enjoyed a warm welcome and good service, plus delicious Christmas food chosen from a varied seasonal menu. We plan to return for a third helping another time!

14th Nov | Coach Trip: Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

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Now in its eighth year, this popular event is widely acknowledged as one of East Anglia’s exceptional Christmas shopping experiences. Over 120 trade stalls are located in the Cathedral’s magnificent nave, its famous Lady Chapel and a heated marquee in the beautiful Cathedral grounds. This popular event, inside one of Cambridgeshire’s most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair a perfect day out.

And so it was for Capel Ladies Club. Undaunted by the wet weather (as everything was under cover) a coachful of members spent an enjoyable day visiting all the stalls, Christmas shopping and sampling some of the goodies on offer! There were Christmas bits, jewellery and clothing, and a food hall where amongst other things there was gin and cider tasting!

Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a grand day out, well-organised by deputy Chairlady Linda Evans.

Thanks to Sue Maynard for the photos below.

17th Oct | Afternoon Tea at Oranges & Lemons

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Capel Ladies Club had an Afternoon Tea date in mid-October at the Oranges & Lemons Craft Centre and Tea Rooms in East Bergholt. A group of sixteen ladies sampled the delicious spread of home-made sandwiches, cakes and desserts prepared by the very bubbly Idoia Garcia and her staff. There was a happy atmosphere and everyone enjoyed the great variety of food set out on cake stands along the tables. Afterwards there was the chance to browse the gifts and crafts, and several ladies bought something before they left. A very naughty but nice way to spend an autumn afternoon!

Thanks to Sue Crane, Barbara Randall & Chris McCausland for the photos.