|16 Jan '19||8.00pm||Eydon Ladies AGM social evening scarf tying|
|20 Feb '19||8.00pm||Country Dance with Pat Cannell|
|20 Mar '19||8.00pm||Ingrid Sylvester - Life as Dancer/TV|
|17 Apr '19||8.00pm||Amy Davis - Neales Yard Remedies|
|15 May '19||8.00pm||Richard Mahon - Air Ambulance|
|19 Jun '19||7.00pm||Visit to Bert Manton's Museum|
|17 Jul '19||7.15pm||Annual Garden Party|
|21 Aug '19||7.00pm||Social Evening - Eydon Sports Field|
|18 Sep '19||8.00pm||Margaret Holland - Bee Keeping|
|16 Oct '19||7.30pm||Harvest Supper|
|20 Nov '19||8.00pm||The Monologue Man - Open Meeting|
|12 Dec '19||7.30pm||Christmas Meal|
Eydon Ladies met in the village Hall for their AGM. Reports were submitted by Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary; followed by examples of different ways to tie scarf with the usual glass of wine and nibbles. Thanks were given to all the committee for their help and assistance over the year.
Eydon Ladies meeting was held in the village hall on Wednesday 20th February, two visitors joining our group for the evening.
This month was a meeting to keep us all warm when we were put through our paces by Pat Cannell and Diane Charteris who explained the history of how country dancing was first introduce into Britain.
Initially dances were for the elite society but were very difficult and complicated and taught by French Dancing Masters.
However the elite noticed that the hoi polloi seemed to actually be enjoying simpler dances and this encouraged John Playford to produce a book called “The English Dancing Master” in 1651 which was used in country dancing for more than 200 years.
However Eydon Ladies spent a great deal of time in fits of laughter but tried very hard but with some of us not knowing our right from our left some confusion reigned but thanks to Pat’s patience we all had a very enjoyable evening.
The raffle prize winners were Jackie Plattner, Amanda Kerr and Val Reynolds.
Our next meeting will be held on March 20th at 8.00pm in Eydon Village Hall with Ingrid Sylvester speaking about her life as a dancer. All very welcome to join us.
Nineteen Eydon Ladies met in the village hall on Wednesday 20th March, when we welcomed Richard as a visitor to our group for the evening.
Ingrid Sylvester an ex member of Eydon Ladies who recently moved to Bodicote near Banbury joined us for the evening to talk of her life as a model and actor in TV advertisement.
Ingrid born in Pimlico whose mother was a dressmaker for Hartnell and Dior and father from circus background explained how she wanted to become a ballet dancer and joined ART a stage school where a day was spent 50% on academic subjects followed by stage craft.
Her first audition took place in a caravan in a car park when she was 12 years of age this gave her the first opportunity to become an actress on TV. Her first role in The Silver Sword ran for seven episodes. After this Ingrid’s life change as she become more well known.
Ingrid danced in several well known ballets including 3 seasons at the Festival Hall in the Nutcracker. With commercial television more work was gained in TV advertisements from stork margarine, kelloggs, soap and many more. This was followed by photographic advertising work including Gratton catalogue.
Of course there were ti
Eydon Ladies met in the village hall on Wednesday 17th April, when we welcomed Amy Davis who came along to talk about Neales Yard products.
Amy explained all about Neale’s Yard and how they began dealing with only organic, eco-frinedly products. Neale’s Yard winning many ethical awards over a number of years. Dealing with fair trade products making sure workers get a fair wage for their products. Neale’s Yard are investing in planting frankincense trees in Oman in order to maintain products made from frankincense in years to come
Eydon Ladies then indulged themselves making hand-polish with instruction from Amy, although we followed instructions carefully we had many different versions of the same hand-polish. The results meant all Eydon Ladies left with very soft hands.
Following the usual tea and biscuits Amy then donated a prize of one of the products which was won by Sally Stephens.
Other raffles prize winners were Sally Stephens, Ann Hedges, Ann Jackson and Gwen Bishop.
Our next meeting will be held on May 15th 2019 at 8.00pm in Eydon Village Hall with Richard McMahon is joining us with a talk on Air Ambulance. Guest are very welcome to join us
21 Eydon Ladies met in the village hall on Wednesday 15th May, when we welcomed Richard McMahon from the Air Ambulance Service.
Richard explained that the Air Ambulance Service covered, Derbyshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire with just two helicopters based at Coventry for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and East Midlands airport for the other counties.
On average the service has 6 missions per day at a cost of approximately £1,700 per call out, with an area covering 3.8 million people. Each helicopter has a pilot, paramedic, specialist doctor. The pilots are usually ex military as they are used to flying low and landing in unfamiliar terrain, travelling at speeds of 185 miles per hour. The average time taken to arrive at an incident takes 13mins. As helicopters do not fly at night a night car service has now been introduced maintaining a 24 hour service for 365 days per year. As the service is not in receipt of government money it is always looking for sponsorship and fund raising for this worthwhile service. Raffle prize winners were Jenny Cherry, Val Jackson, Lyn Evans and Sue McRoberts. Next meeting on June 19th at 7.00pm outside V/H
13 Eydon Ladies met on Wednesday 19th June outside Eydon Village Hall prior to travelling to Bert Manton’s museum in Woodford Halse when we come across a further 3 members to join in.
Bert welcomed us all and explained the format of the evening by splitting us into two groups of 8 the first group visiting the museum where Bert intrigued us with many items in his collection enlightening us on the what each item was used for from spears for catching elvers to Land Army girls art of sewing thatch.
Bert then blew his teachers whistle for us to reassemble and visit other parts of his garden visiting the notorious Gypsy Caravan and the Victorian beach hut, we then attempted to play aunt sally and horseshoe game with the winner being presented with a bottle of wine and box of maltesers. Unfortunately no one was successful in the horseshoe game but Sandra won the bottle of wine by knocking Aunt Sally down five times – well done Sandra.
We all met up again in museum with Bert re-counting many tales of his time as a teacher and retirement and how he became interested in the art of using corn for making many many things made from corn, his talents included woodwork, carving and b
23 Eydon Ladies met on Wednesday 17th July for their annual Garden Party held this year at Gwen’s house who kindly agreed we could invade her garden. We welcomed two residents from Quarry Close Wendy and Pat who I hope enjoyed our annual garden get together.
The summer heat and sunshine did not last but Eydon Ladies were not deterred nonetheless we still managed to enjoy the evening and only reconvened indoors once the summer rain became a little too heavy for us (perhaps causing the wine to be diluted)! The evening continued with wine and nibbles with the usual good humour and conversation; ending a really good evening due to the excellent company.
Our thanks went to Gwen for her kind hospitality.
Our next meeting will be held on August 21st at 7.00pm which will see us convening at The Sports Pavilion for games of boules, croquet and a try out the new outdoor gym equipment.
20 Ladies met in Eydon Community Sports Field for their annual get together and we were pleased that the weather had passed our expectations by turning out to be warm and sunny. We welcomed two guests Ann and Dinah who joined in playing croquet, boules and even tried out the new gym equipment.
The croquet pitch was kindly set out by Peter Keenan and Geoff Stretton our thanks to both for doing such a grand job.
The croquet teams did abide by the rules as much as possible but as this was a game of fun the results were not so important as long as everyone enjoyed themselves. We all managed to have a game of boules and try out the new gym equipment which was enjoyed by all who tried
As darkness approached we all de-camped to the pavilion for a glass or two of wine with some nibbles and the usual good natured chat. Well done ladies for making the evening go so well.
Our next meeting will be held on September 18th 2019 meeting at Eydon Village Hall at 8.00pm when Margaret Holland will be joining us to speak about Bee-Keeping.
20 Ladies met in Eydon Village Hall after their summer break when we welcomed two guests for the evening Ann Goodman and Ann Peacock.
Margaret Holland from Silverstone joined us to give a fascinating talk on bee keeping. Margaret explained how a bee hive works and the efforts of all bees from the queen bee who produces all the eggs while the worker bees make the honeycomb, honey and take care of the cocooned baby bees while the drones job was to collect the pollen and nectar.
Margaret passed around many different types of honeycomb some with pollen still inside together with pictures of queen bee, worker and drones. Explaining how to obtain honey from the comb and all the processes required before honey ends up in the jar and ready to eat. Several pieces of equipment and tools used in the processing of the honey were passed around and several ladies tried on the clothing recommended for use when dealing with bees especially when collecting honey from the hive. I think the highlight of the evening was seeing and observing the thousands of bees in the observation hive which was intriguing to watch. Our next meeting will be Harvest Supper on October 16th 2019 meeting at 7.30pm
Eydon Ladies committee prepared the Village Hall for the Harvest Supper, busy in the morning preparing the ingredients for main course and pudding in readiness for the evenings event. The afternoon saw the committee decorating the tables in the village hall with suitable autumn flowers and greenery with the outcome looking warm and welcoming. Our thanks must go to our American visitor Jenny who was an absolute whizz with table decorations.
The evening saw 48 people joining us to celebrate harvest starting with chicken casserole followed by apple crumble (all apples grown locally). There was also cheese and biscuits for those who did not want apple crumble. Persons were invited to have second helpings as there was plenty of food for everyone. All washed down with red or white wine or soft drinks.
Following the meal Bert Manton ably assisted by Ann Hedges and Geoff Stretton got the auction underway with local produce ,cakes, biscuits and flowers all donated by members and Bert for the evening. The proceeds from the evening will go to Eydon Ladies who will be donating to the Air Ambulance service later this year.
The gentlemen and friends attending were then invited to