Members of our Living well Group enjoyed taster sessions of balance improving exercises and an Aquafit class in the Hydrotherapy Pool at the Harbourside Physiotherapy pool in Newlyn. The saltwater pool is kept at a constant 34 degrees and is a wonderful way to improve fitness while the water supports the joints. We are hoping to have further sessions in the pool and with the therapists in the future and hope that other members will enjoy sessions there too.
January is traditionally the Feast Meeting for Crowlas and Ludgvan WI. This year the focus was on celebrating all things Cornish, with pasties and saffron buns to eat, and Mead Fizz and apple juice to drink.
The fantastic entertainment for the evening came from Bert Biscoe and Pol Hodge, Bards of the Cornish Gorsedh, who delighted members and guests with their songs, tales and poems in a combination of English and Cornish languages.
‘Kernow Bys Vyken!’
The first lunch of the year for the Meet and Eat group took place at the Mexico Inn in Long Rock on Friday the 7th of January. The group had a lovely lunch and were joined by Julie‘s grandson Logan who would recommend the Autumn Squash Risotto after finding Karen’s leftovers particularly tasty ! The next lunch will take place on Tuesday February 1st at The Victoria Inn Perranuthnoe at 12.00.
Crowlas and Ludgvan WI ended the year with a fantastic Christmas get together. Members added to a wish tree with hand written baubles showing messages of love, support and hope for the year ahead. The evening was filled with quizzes, singing, festive nibbles and crazy competition What a lovely way to end another difficult year and to celebrate the friendship of our members.
Members of Crowlas and Ludgvan WI looking lovely at the Cornwall Federation Christmas lunch that was held at the Budock Vean Hotel.
The smiles say it all! What a fantastic Five Corner Day at St Piran’s Hall, Goldsithney. Members of Crowlas and Ludgvan WI were joined by members from Connor Downs WI for a range of activities including beaded angels, Christmas wreaths and Suffolk Puff decorations. Homemade soup and an amazing selection of cakes kept everyone fed. Many thanks to everyone who organised, participated or helped out throughout this lovely festive day.
The picturesque harbour town of Porthleven was the latest destination for our Camera Club. Whether using cameras, phones or tablets, everyone found a wealth of photo opportunites amongst the bobbing boats, stormy clouds and newly opened Shipyard Market (well worth a visit for its quirky food and craft stalls). Ros took the above photo of the harbour with pumpkins displayed outside The Mussel Shoal cafe.
We had anotherlovely Book Club meeting at the Queen’s last Friday. We started with drinks, followed by the discussion on our book for the month ‘Ritz and Escoffier by Luke Barr’ then a cream tea or toasted tea cake – some of the members especially enjoyed reading how several beautiful hotels were set up by Ritz and Escoffier. Ritz was the front man with many of the ideas which made these hotels so outstanding in their service and accommodation, although Ritz’s wife had a lot of input creating this part of the venture. Escoffier himself was an extraordinary chef and both men were left to their own devices by the backing family. It was only over time that it came to light that they abused their positions in their dealings with suppliers etc. By the time Ritz and Escoffier were asked to leave the Ritz in London it had become a hotel of worldwide renown. They went on to create anoth Ritz, this one in Paris; hotels ultimately catered for the very rich, nouveau riche and royalty. Apparently afternoon tea is £60 – but it does look delicious. The only downside of the book for some of the members was the lengthy account of the menus and my what food supplies were available to Escoffier during his time as the chef.
After all the mizzle and fog we appreciated the lovely sunny day for the November walk around the busy Penrose Estate. It was a good turnout for an easy leisurely walk, with time to admire the changing autumn colours and the views across to Loe Bar.
The morning ended as usual with lunch. We took advantage of the good weather, sitting outside watching the noisy ducks on the boating lake.
Members of CLWI and a few guests visited St Paul’s Church, Ludgvan where Chris Philips, CLWI member and some of the church’s regular Bell Ringers taught us about the church bells the tower and the art of bell ringing or campanology. Members took a turn at ringing one of the bells and learning how a number system is used to create the wonderful sound of the bells ringing together. we ventured up the very tight spiral staircase to the bell tower and beyond to the roof, to take a peek at the magnificent views of Mounts Bay.
The group of Bell Ringers welcome new members so even if you have never rung church bells before please get in touch to have a go and see if there is a future for you in bringing joy to us all with the wonderful sound of the church bells ringing.