Lapworth Ladies Supper Club

Lapworth Ladies meet monthly on the first Wednesday of every month, from October to March.  Meetings take place at various venues (hotels and golf clubs) within easy travelling distance of Lapworth, and they include a three course meal and an after dinner speaker.  The talks are both informative and entertaining.  If you are interested in joining the Supper Club, please feel free to contact Jacqui 785022, Yvonne 783595 or Heather 783638 for more information.

To start our 2018/19 season, our next meeting is on 5th September at Packwood National Trust Cafe at 7.30 pm. This will be a chance for you to catch up with friends, get details of the new Programme, pay your subscriptions and enjoy a drink and some nibbles.

We are also pleased that Joe, the young chocolatier from 1683, Chocolate Place in Knowle, will be giving a talk, demonstration and tastings for us to enjoy! We look forward to seeing everyone there.



On Wednesday 7th March we held our final meeting of the season at Shirley Golf Club. We have not been here for a few years but the new chef did not disappoint. After a starter of honeydew melon with blackcurrant sorbet and fresh raspberries, we had chicken in a wonderful creamy mushroom and fresh tarragon sauce. Dessert was a generous portion of sticky toffee pudding which we could not resist! We then were asked to move from our tables and sit in chairs facing our speaker, Richard Westcott.

In the space of 45 minutes he went from a very ordinary looking gentleman to a pantomime dame complete with make up, wig, padded bra, frock, pantaloons and high heels! Whilst he was undergoing this transformation he gave us ladies several tips about using make up, how to make earrings from mini coke tins and gin bottles, and fascinating facts such as it is considered bad luck for a pantomime dame not to have a beauty spot.

Richard had brought along several of his outfits and with the help of Heather Day and Diana Williams, he showed us how he could do a complete change of clothes in 45 seconds!


Olton Golf Club was the venue for Lapworth Ladies Supper Club on Wednesday 7th February.  Ham hock terrine with pickle and melba toast was followed by beautifully tender beef.  The finale was crème caramel and shortbread.  As ever, the service at Olton Golf Club was excellent and we were made to feel welcome.  We had a ’preview’ of the building works which will enhance the facilities of the Club House further in future.

Paul Leddington–Wright as secretary of the Royal almonry gave us an insight into how the Royal Maundy Ceremony is organised and the meaning behind all the elements of the service. He brought a set of Maundy money for us all to handle and order of services and several photos to look at. Many of us are going to watch the coverage of this year’s ceremony with new interest and understanding.

 

 


On Wednesday 10th January, Lapworth Ladies Supper Club met at Henley Golf Club. Despite it being a cold and foggy night we had a good turn out!

Our starter was a warming spicy parsnip and apple soup, followed by salmon in a herb and wine sauce with a duo of chocolate mousse for dessert.

Roger Hailwood came to talk to us about the National Memorial Arboretum where he is a longstanding volunteer. He has given over 350 talks all over the country about the centre, which began about 20 years ago and has been developing ever since. There is so much more to the Memorial Arboretum than the views always shown by the BBC!

It was moving to hear about some of the 350 memorials, set amongst over 30,000 trees, such as The British Evacuees Association and the Basra Memorial Wall. We also saw pictures of the chapel where, at 11.00am, a daily service of remembrance is held.

Roger finished his talk by reading two poems sensitively written by a young girl who had visited the centre. As Roger said, they captured the essence of the Memorial Arboretum. “It is a place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice and fosters pride in our country.”

There is so much to see there. Many of us came away from the evening planning to visit the centre, having been inspired by the love and pride Roger obviously has for the National Memorial Arboretum.

 


On Wednesday 6th December, members of Lapworth Ladies Supper Club and their guests dined at Hogarths Hotel for their Christmas Supper.

Warm greetings and the Christmassy mood were kicked off by live music from The Loxley Quintet.  To prevent turkey overdose, the menu featured delicious slow cooked lamb preceded by rillettes of duck and the finale – white chocolate cheesecake.

We were all then treated to a ‘tour de force’ on Scott of the Antarctic in ‘To the ends of the earth’ as performed by Andrew Lound.  Although we all knew something of this exploration, Andrew brought the harsh realities, determination and social expectations of the time, to life.  He shared amazing newspaper cuttings of the time along with copies of original photographs and set the atmosphere with his truly brilliant story telling including wearing exploration clothes of the time.

 


On Wednesday 1st November, Lapworth Ladies Supper Club met at Packwood Garden Kitchen Cafe.  Almost everyone from the Club was there to listen to Jason Dean, the Fire Investigation Officer.  After a very enjoyable meal of curried squash tart, followed by honey pork casserole then lemon posset and blackberry pudding, Jason told us about some of the varied and difficult aspects of his job.  We learned that they use a fire investigation dog team who are trained to sniff out eleven different accelerants, and that a lighted cigarette cannot ignite petrol vapour but that lighting a cigarette certainly can!

Jason explained that his team are called out to serious fires that may end up as being a murder or a crime scene, and that they go with an open mind treating each fire as a crime scene so as much evidence is preserved as possible.  He told us about one particular event that turned out to be much more serious than was first thought.

Jason also gave us some useful fire safety advice and suggested that our local fire station would be happy to do a Safe and Well visit to check our homes.

The vote of thanks was given by Shirley Lowe, who made us all smile at her story about her mother and the visiting fire officer!

 


On Wednesday 4th October, Lapworth Ladies Supper Club met at Copt Heath Golf Club.

We were treated to a delicious meal which included lemon risotto cake and smoked salmon, blade of beef with an ale and fresh herb jus, parmentier potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

The speaker was Fiona Joseph who talked about Beatrice, the Cadbury heiress who gave away her fortune. We found out quite a lot about the Cadbury family and how Beatrice was quite a rebel in her time with very high ideals!  Fiona Joseph has written a book about her and a few people bought a copy so they could read more about Beatrice.