September 2022 report

Some of our members enjoying a cake and coffee afternoon visit to Kersey Mill in July. Memories of a long, hot summer!

Looking back at our trip to Kersey Mill aside, it’s always difficult to compose a club report when it’s been summer holiday time and there haven’t been any club activities taking place, so this month I will just give you a Preview of what Capel Ladies Club has got planned for the Autumn season! You never know, it just might tempt some of you non-members to come along and join us one evening at one of our “In” Meetings on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Capel Library!


Sept 1st –    Wimbledon Line Judge – talk by Wendy Smith

Sept 15th –   Wolsey Theatre Trip to ‘Kinky Boots’

Oct 6th – Talk by Vanessa Hale of Wiltshire Farm Foods

Oct 20th – Walk and Lunch in Woodbridge

Nov 3rd – Craft Evening – A Different Form of Card Making – Ann Wilding

Nov 17th –   Coach Trip to Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair

Dec 1st –     Christmas Meal out (venue to be confirmed)

Dec 15th –   Christmas Social in the Vine Lounge

Maybe see some of you there…? In the meantime, have a look back at some of our past activities here on the website!

November Quiz-Word Grid!

Pens and Paper at the ready! Answer each question in the grid below to find the hidden message in this Suffolk quiz!

When you’ve finished, click the arrow on the grid to reveal the answers!

  1. Traditional local breed of heavy horse. (7,5)
  2. Site of 1st UK Radar Station. (7)
  3. Good place to go crabbing! (11)
  4. Site of famous concert hall. (5)
  5. SpringWatch 2016 came from here! (8)
  6. Martyred King of the East Angles. (6)
  7. Coastal town with remains under the sea since the 13th Century. (7)
  8. Tudor Archbishop, Thomas …. whose surname was given to our local theatre. (6)
  9. The UK’s busiest container port. (10)
  10. An annual sailing barge race starts here! (3,4)
  11. The artist John Constable was born here. (4,8)

MYSTERY WORD (down) – What we all need to try and do!

September update – a poem

We might not be big – in fact we’re quite small

But nevertheless we’re the best club of all!

We need some new members

To carry us on,

We hope that you’ll join us

Before we are gone.

There’s speakers and outings

And barbecues too

And visits to pantos

And craft things to do!

We’re older than some

But we’re still young at heart

And we’d love some new blood

To give things a fresh start!

Please don’t be put off

Come and give it a go –

Until you have tried it

You’ll just never know!


– Sue Woolgar

20th July | Capel Fun Day


Fun Day (re-arranged) turned out bright and breezy with an odd shower or two – but by and large it was a sunny afternoon. Capel Ladies’ Stall, entitled “Home-made & Home-grown” and selling plants, cakes and jams, as well as paperbacks and pre-loved jewellery, made a grand profit of £236.94 towards club funds.  This included Linda Evans’ ‘Planted Tub Raffle’, which made £108.00, the previous sale of plants (which were meant for the postponed Fun Day) by Sue Maynard, which raised £26.40, and the stall itself on the day raised £102.54!

Thanks to everyone who helped towards it!

9th Jun | Capel Fun Day Stall

The weather for Fun Day 2018 couldn’t have been better! The sun shone all day and although there was a slight breeze it didn’t affect the gazebo round our stall. After a change last year we reverted to our usual theme of home-made/home-grown produce and plants. There was a lovely selection of cakes, biscuits and scones, plus jams and chutneys; and a good number of plants and shrubs as well, with some fresh rhubarb thrown in! There were plenty of helpers on the day and we raised a whopping £118.00 which was an excellent result!

Jan 12th-14th | Festival of Trees and Lights – St Mary’s Church, Capel

January 12th 22018 marked the first day of the Festival of Trees and Lights, held at St Mary’s Church in Capel every other year. as a fund-raiser for the “Friends of Capel Church”, and this year monies raised will go towards the restoration of the East Window.

Capel Ladies’ tree – ‘Malta’

The theme this year was “Countries of the Commonwealth” and each village organisation which took part had to select a country and choose appropriate items with which to decorate their Christmas tree. There was a quiz sheet available for a small entry fee where people could guess the countries from the objects on and around each tree.

Capel Ladies Club chose Malta, and using red and silver tinsel to represent the red and white colours of the Maltese flag we added laminated pictures of various Maltese features such as the old yellow buses on the island, the Maltese terrier, the knights of St John, the Maltese Falcon from the Humphrey Bogart film and pictures of the Azure Window – the famous rocky sea-arch which collapsed in 2017. As well as these items there were lots of silver Maltese Crosses dangling to catch the light and a large one at the top of the tree. Of course the biggest ‘giveaways’ were the empty packets of Maltesers! Our tree looked very pretty amongst the others, all lit up in the darkness, as you will see in these photos!

Thanks to Irene, Pat, Sue and Shirley for their efforts!

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June 10th | Capel Fun Day – our stall

Our stall at FUN DAY on 10th June 2017 was aptly named “ALL BOTTLED UP”. We had all filled empty jars and bottled with goodies – mainly with children in mind. We also had a “Guess the number of Jellybeans in the Jar” competition.

Altogether we raised £83.80, including £7 for the competition. A little boy called George from Winding Piece won the jellybeans. His guess was 178 and there were 182 in the jar.
All except 8 jars sold – a successful afternoon!

In Memorium – Sue Gilson

It was with much sadness that we learned of the death of Sue Gilson in April 2017. Sue was a much-loved member of Capel Ladies Club who will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Below is a collection of tributes to Sue, from our members.

Tributes to Sue Gilson (1955 – 2017)

There are so many nice things you could say about Sue and they would all be true.

She was always thinking of other people even until a few weeks before she passed away she was making sure everyone got their birthday cards from the club.

Sue, a thoroughly nice girl, kind, thoughtful and extremely brave.

Always so positive about her cancer, cheerful in the face of adversity, kind and caring especially when I was laid up. Friendly and welcoming at Capel Ladies.

Just a few words about Sue, she was a lovely lady, kind, caring and always willingly offered her help when needed.  She was good company and I feel we are very lucky to call her ‘our friend’. Above all she remained very optimistic and brave throughout her illness. We will miss her.

So sorry to hear the sad news of Sue’s passing, she will be greatly missed by family & friends, please pass on our condolences to Michael.

It’s always a great sadness to lose someone so young and vibrant. It seemed to me that Sue despite her illness was still joyful and fun loving. Life – and death- can be very cruel.

She was a very brave lady.   She had a wry sense of humour.

She always had that lovely smile. She had a mischievous grin.

She was very easy to have a laugh with.

She was just a lovely lady. Nothing was too much trouble for her.

She touched the hearts of everyone. Charming, warm, gentle lady.

Always so helpful on the committee, and very efficient.

Sue had a cheeriness about her, and a forthright and open manner. She was always willing to help with things, and was lively, feisty and sparky – with a cheeky sense of humour!

I will always remember Sue for being the person that made me feel so welcome when I first went along to Capel Ladies. I was very nervous as I walked through the door as I was new to the area and did not know many people but as I entered the library I saw this lady coming towards me with a big smile on her face. She introduced herself and then she started chatting to me and within minutes I was feeling at home. I will always remember Sue for that, she was a lovely person.

Sue my friend, I began to remember not just that you have gone, but that you lived, and your friendship will give me memories to treasure. You will be terribly missed.

Sue was a very genuine lady, what you saw was what you got. A kind and thoughtful friend who had a great sense of humour. She always put others before herself even when she was ill.

We will all miss her.

Jan 2016 | Festival of Trees and Lights

Our first venture in 2016 included creating a decorated Christmas tree for the Capel Church Festival of Trees and Lights in early January. This year’s theme was “Famous People” and we chose Queen Elizabeth II, as this is the year of her 90th birthday! Our tree looked beautiful, decked out in red, white and blue lights and tinsel, with laminated card baubles showing elements of the Queen’s life.

Why not pop along to one of our meetings in 2016, on your own or with a friend? We’ve got a good programme lined up for this year, speakers including a manicurist, a lady wood-carver, a wildlife expert and a theatrical costumier. There is a variety of outings too, amongst which are a visit to the Suffolk Records Office, a Badger-watching evening, a coach trip to the Greyhound Racing at Romford and a visit to the new re-cycling centre at Great Blakenham. Tempted to join us? Please do!

A look back at the Capel Ladies 2012 programme

Below is a summary of our programme of events in 2012.
Read the reports of each meeting and outing by clicking on the ‘R’ next to the date.

Jan 19th R A.G.M. & Bingo
Feb 2nd R The Book Surgeon – Messrs M & B Holton
Feb 16th R 2011 Christmas Dinner
Mar 1st R ‘Travel to Dangerous & Unusual Places’ – Jim O’Brien
Mar 15th R Ghost Walk around Ipswich
Apr 5th R ‘William Pretty & Son: A Suffolk Family & Corsetry Manufacturer’ – Roger Kennell
Apr 19th R Theatre Trip: ‘Bedroom Farce’ at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
May 3rd R DVD Evening in the Vine Lounge
May 17th R Garden Visit: Helmingham Hall (daytime visit) CANCELLED
Jun 7th R Cake Decorating – Glenda Price
Jun 21st R Greyhound Racing at Romford Stadium (daytime visit)
Jul 5th R Summer Social
Jul 19th R Wattisham Airbase Visit
Aug 9th R Summer Buffet Evening at the Bramford Cock
Sep 6th R ‘Couture, Hats & Fascinators’ – Debra Johnson
Sep 20th Stained Glass Demonstration at Needham Market CANCELLED
Oct 4th R ‘Hatch, Match and Despatch’ (the work of a Lady Registrar) – Jane Parker
Oct 18th R Visit to Dove Close complex, Capel St Mary (meet 7.15pm at Dove Close)
Nov 1st R Make-up Demonstration – Sue Helyer
Nov 15th R Christmas Shopping Trip
Dec 6th R Christmas Craft Evening
Dec 20th R Christmas Social in the Vine Lounge
Jan 17th (2013) R Capel Ladies Club A.G.M.

To find out what’s in store for 2013, click on our ‘2013 Programme’ at the top of this page.