September 2021 report

As you are reading this no doubt Capel Ladies Club members will have enjoyed their delayed Summer Social in the Vine Lounge, listening to Jazz Galore and tucking into their shared buffet supper! Let’s hope it really IS the start of things getting back to normal again! More details of the evening and photos will be posted soon.

We finished our summer meetings with a delicious lunch out at The Brook in Washbrook. The weather was on our side, and many of us sat in the garden to have our lunch, while another group decided to stay indoors and avoid the risk of sunburn. However, the groups did mingle in and out to catch up with each other, and there was also a special guest to chat to, as ex-member Joan Molle had joined us from Stowmarket!

A new season marks a new start – and a new name! It is proposed that CLC will now stand for:
(although, at time of writing, this is still in the melting pot… watch this space!)

We are trying to change our image and become more vibrant and interactive to all age-ranges, and – as the new name implies – to CONNECT with both our current and potential new members! To this end we will be holding an Open Evening on 16th September! Look out for our advert in Capel Capers this month, and for posters around the village!

Ladies of all ages are warmly invited to this FREE event – non-members very welcome! You can drop in any time from 7.30pm to meet our friendly committee and members, have a coffee/tea and some cake, as well as peruse local fashion and craft stalls from two enterprising local ladies.

Kristie Barbouti will have a selection of versatile clothing and accessories for sale, from her online business ZovaChic, and you can also discover Lynn McConnachie’s range of innovative ‘seed’ cards, and other creations, made in support of the BrainTumour Trust.

Why not come along on 16th September at 7.30pm to Capel Library and see what’s on offer? Bring a friend along too!

With all this excitement there’s another event to look forward to! Our October 7th meeting will host the extremely charismatic vet Brian Faulkner, whose amusing anecdotes about the ‘Life of a Vet’ are sure to make you smile!

Hope we’ve shown you there’s something for everyone and lots to enjoy – plus good company of course! See you there!

August 2021 report

The good news from Capel Ladies is that we are most definitely a fully-functioning Club again, even though, to date, we have not been able to hold any indoor meetings. Our big disappointment was having to postpone our Summer Social and entertainment with Jazz Galore in July because of the extended date for the relaxation of Covid restrictions, which meant no large indoor gatherings. Nevertheless, we are still looking forward to this on the first Thursday of September, so it’ll be a great way to start the new season!

Meanwhile we have enjoyed two coffee and cake outings, to The Milk Shed at Sproughton, and The Stables at Martlesham. Both venues sound very rustic, and indeed they were peaceful locations but with very tasty refreshments!

Our five intrepid scarecrow-makers had great fun creating a very glamorous lady complete with bling and leopard-skin heels! She cut quite a dash in Chairlady Mary Butter’s front garden during the Scarecrow Trail! Hope she gave people a few chuckles too.

Our next meeting is a lunch at The Brook, Washbrook, where at last we will all be able to sit together indoors! It’s the final fixture of the season, so fingers crossed we’ll be able to go back to regular meetings in the autumn.

Wishing you all a relaxing and restriction-free sunny summer!

See you in September! (as the song goes!) New members always welcome!

June 2021 report

Well – the great news is that Capel Ladies Club is BACK!! With any luck (and the weather on our side!) we will have held one outdoor, socially-distanced, limited-capacity meeting in the form of a Tea Party in Liz and Tony Gullivers’ garden on the afternoon of the 27th May! Hopefully it was able to ahead, along with much catching-up and conviviality!

A further planned get-together is for “A Cup of Coffee at a Mystery Venue”, on June 17th. Details are yet to be confirmed but it’s yet another date for the diary!

Our WhatsApp group is growing too, and proving very useful for instant messaging and passing on news, gossip and funnies! Any CLC members who haven’t yet signed up to this please let our Chairlady Mary Butters have your mobile number so she can add you to the group.

More formally, we hope to have the first ‘proper’ meeting, our Summer Social with Jazz Galore, in the Library at 7.15pm on Thursday 1st July. Entrance by ticket (£5) only, which must be booked in advance.

For further details and to book, please contact Linda Evans: 01473 311262.

For some extra publicity we are hoping that a group of members will get together to create a Fantastic Female as an entry to the popular Scarecrow Trail in the village, to be held in the first week of July. Fingers crossed!

We’ve also processed an application to share a spot in the Floral Display at the shopping precinct with the WI again this summer, after somehow missing out last year! So keep a lookout when the time comes….

Meanwhile, CLC is on the up-and-up, so let’s hope the weather takes its cue from that! We could all do with some warm sunny days to sit outside with a glass or a cup of something! Check out our website for some of the ways we’ve spent sunny days in the past, and get a flavour of what Capel Ladies Club is all about! Maybe you’ll even want to join us; all are welcome!

Sue Woolgar

Capel Ladies Club A.G.M. 2021

So, the year is MARCHing on at a rate of knots, and I can’t believe it’s March already! The great thing about March is that it includes the first day of Spring, the clocks going ON and the blooming of daffodils – so things are starting to look up at last!

Well, in spite of Lockdown 3, Capel Ladies Club’s AGM did manage to take place (by email) this year, organised by the Committee and with the co-operation of the members. Rose Chiverton, our present Chairlady, sent out her annual report reviewing the year.

The year began with a talk on Oxygen Therapy, our charity of the year, and then we enjoyed an Indian meal at our local restaurant Zaynab. In March we had an hilarious evening with Iestyn Edwards’ talk “My Tutu Went AWOL” before Lockdown 1 began. Although there was then no chance of meeting as a group, nevertheless our supportive committee kept in contact with members by phone, texts or email to make sure everyone was ok, occasionally giving advice on shopping or just ideas on how to cope with these difficult times. That support was much appreciated, as were the Easter eggs – delivered to our doors, and cupcakes too, later in the year – all gift-wrapped with our names on! In September we managed to squeeze in an outing to the Bluebell Café for a cream tea before another set of restrictions took over. At Christmas time we held a ZOOM Social with Christmas hats, wine and nibbles, and the annual draws for the two prize hampers. These had been created by Wendy Keeble (Christmas Goodies) and Penny Thompson (Pamper Hamper), and were won by Beryl Backler and Cathy Sweeney. Linda Bloomfield’s home-made Christmas cards were sent out to all of us on behalf of the club, and inside each was a Christmas Quiz sheet composed by Rose herself.  At the end of her report, Rose thanked everyone who had been involved with supporting and working for the Club, not least the committee members who were now retiring: Beryl Backler (Secretary), Sue Crane (Treasurer), plus Linda Evans, Wendy Keeble and Sue Maynard for their continued help and support; also Wendy and Linda for agreeing to stay on as part of next year’s committee. It’s a tribute to them all that Capel Ladies Club has survived its most difficult year – THANK YOU EVERYONE! And Thanks to you too, Rose, as our retiring Chairlady!

Next, Sue Crane , our Treasurer, gave her report, (with attached accounts, audited by John Bloomfied), which was agreed on and adopted by members, and the revised format of the Capel Ladies  Constitution was also adopted by members via email as before.

Members also agreed via email to support the nominations of the two members, Mary Butters and Lisa Gaughan to join the General Committee.

Actually, considering what a write-off 2020 was in many ways, it certainly shows that Capel Ladies Club is a LONG way from being written off!

We now look forward in a positive way to meeting up face-to-face, and to taking Capel Ladies Club confidently into the future!

– Sue Woolgar

Stop Press: CLC meetings restart dates!


As I write, some late CLC news has come to my attention!

At a recent committee meeting, it was agreed to co-opt some new members onto the existing committee, and an EXTRA meeting is being held on 9th September to do this, and to discuss the way forward for the club.

Meanwhile, obvious restrictions still prevent us from holding our first CLC autumn meeting in the Library. To compensate for this, an afternoon tea is being planned (hopefully!) for Thursday 3rd September at the Bluebell Café in the By-Pass Nurseries!

Why not join us for tea and scones? All members and prospective members welcome!

– Sue Woolgar

Capel Ladies Club – August update

At the time of writing this article I am not sure when Capel Ladies Club will next be able to meet. It would be great to think it could be September, but who knows?

So – just in case we are actually able to enjoy our full Autumn Programme, I thought I would give details of what to expect, both as a reminder for current members and as useful information for potential ones.

Our autumn in-meetings include a visit from Wiltshire Foods, a talk on the Silk Road from China to Essex, tales of Suffolk Ghosts and Hauntings and a Christmas Social with Buffet supper in the Vine Lounge.

Our planned trips range from an outing to a local vineyard and one to the Hotter shoe shop in Ipswich. Nearer to Christmas there is a shopping trip by coach arranged jointly with the W.I., and of course our club’s Christmas meal out to a pub or restaurant. (Can you remember what that’s like???)

I do hope that at least some of these things appeal to many of you, and that they might just tempt you to come along to a meeting on the first Thursday in the month, at 7.45pm in Capel Library, where you will find a friendly crowd and an interesting speaker to pep up your evening.

For more information please see locally distributed posters or browse this website.

Do give it a whirl – you never know, you might even enjoy it! And you’ll certainly learn something – and also make some new friends!

Sue Woolgar

Cup Cakes 2 PhotoP.S. Our members each received another nice surprise from the Capel Ladies Committee last week – a presentation box with a pretty gift tag containing two delectable cupcakes! Mmmm! We can’t guarantee that this will be happening EVERY month, but it’s a lovely lockdown treat! Thank you again CLC Committee!

New Members Wanted!

Capel Ladies Club is 52 years old this autumn, and we’d like to think it’s an integral part of life in our community. We are currently looking to encourage new members to join us and bolster our numbers, whilst bringing some new ideas and interests to the club. We have a range of interesting speakers and activities planned for this year as soon as things return to normal.

Meanwhile –

Capel Ladies Acrostic

A message for Capel Ladies’ Club

Hope everyone reading this is keeping well and safe in these strange times. By now we are getting used to this different way of living, but at the same time we all miss normality and seeing neighbours, friends and family up close and personal! I’ve been really impressed how the situation has brought out such a wonderful community spirit in Capel! People looking out for each other and willing to help with shopping or be a friendly voice on the phone…

My hope is that it will continue when this is all over, which I’m sure it will. I personally am missing Capel Ladies Club and the outside interests and friendship connections it brings us members each month, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So, Ladies, chin up – stay safe and carry on! In the words of the song –

“We’ll meet again
Don’t know where
Don’t know when
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day!

Keep smiling through
While you’re hand-washing too
‘Till the Doctors drive the virus far away!”

Sue Woolgar