Knitting, sewing, card craft, rag rug making and a mini crochet lesson saw the start of our craft sub group. Everyone enjoyed the informal making session this week and are keen to continue with both our own projects and begin a group project of making soft furnishings for Velindre, the local hospital that specialises in cancer care.
Any members wishing to join us, come along & bring whatever project you are working on - or indeed would like to learn & we will try to help you along!
Last night, braving the elements, 7 members of Birchgrove WI joined together in the lounge of the local Conservative Club to begin our very own book club.
After some introductions, a discussion was had about the group and it was decided we would like to be fairly informal with some relaxed discussion about the book we read collectively and some recommendations of other books we have read and enjoyed.
Our first book is "A Woman In Berlin", by an anonymous author and chroniclling the life of a woman living through the Russian occupation of Berlin in 1945. Her diary has only recently been published into English and has just been made into a film.
The books were supplied through an awesome free service from Cardiff Libraries, which has a vast array of titles available in sets to book clubs around the city, some with discussion notes ready prepared!
We meet on the 8th November to discuss the book and begun our next text! Come along and join us
Yesterday, 3 keen bakers met upstairs in the Conservative Club to begin our very own baking sub group. We tasted Chocolate Courgette & Walnut cupcakes, Chocolate & Olive Oil cake and Lemon Drizzle cupcakes, along with a savoury vegetarian plait and some welsh cakes made by members unable to attend!
The format of Brilliant Bakers was established, taste test all the baked items (sweet or savoury), give 2 tokens to the best and 1 to the 2nd best (so a Star Baker can be awarded each month) and then share friendly feedback and tips.
Workshops, trips and competitive baking was also discussed at length and the 3 bakers left full of cake and full of enthusiasm for next months "theme" ingredient - PUMPKIN. Will you be coming along to join us on November 1st?
Photos will be posted here shortly!