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.