Tipton Ladies Group




Business and Pleasure!

Our well-attended Annual General Meeting was held on 16 October in the Small Hall.
The business side was helped along with a glass of wine and some nibbles, during which the Officers presented their annual reports. Positive feedback from those present encouraged all of the Officers and Committee Members continue in post for the coming year. We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Cozens to the Committee to fill the vacancy carried over from last year.
(Prospective new members are always welcome to come along to any meeting in the Small Hall.
All we ask is a £5 visitor fee which is refundable against the annual subscription of £15 if you
subsequently decide you wish to join.)

It was then our pleasure to welcome Mrs Joan Maynard who gave us an entertaining insight to the world of celebration cakes. After retiring, Joan fulfilled a long-held ambition to run her own business supplying
celebration cakes and she brought examples and photos of her work for us to see. We were then invited to try our hands at making a delicate rose each – some with more success than others but great fun nonetheless! We are very grateful to Joan for her interesting contribution to our evening.

Mini Trip - LACE DAY in Honiton
On the morning of 31 October, a small group of ladies ventured to Allhallows Museum at Honiton, which houses the most comprehensive collection of Honiton lace in the world. We were escorted around by Pat Perryman, a remarkable lady and a recent recipient of the British Empire Medal. Pat has been teaching the art of making Honiton lace since 1972 and she has made lace for the royal family and the Jabot (frilly neck attire!) and Cuffs for the Speaker of the House of Commons. These are currently back in Honiton as the present Speaker does not wish to wear them. If you have not been before, a visit to the museum is highly recommended when it reopens again on the Monday before Easter.

After lunch in Honiton, we went along to the Thelma Hulbert Gallery to view their “Into LACE” exhibition
showing many different and novel uses of lace in art work. This was an enjoyable and informative day and our thanks go to Joyce for making the arrangements.

Christmas comes but once a year!
At our November meeting we felt very festive as Jill White and Carol Bennett showed us
how to make floral decorations for Christmas.

Jill already had a history of flower arranging when she enrolled on a three year floristry
course at Bicton College. Now, fully trained, she makes countless Christmas door
wreaths, table decorations and funeral wreaths. She started the evening by demonstrating
how to make a holly ring. This can be done on a plastic ring filled with oasis, but Jill
showed us a cheaper method using a wire ring. This is covered with moss or hay which is
wired on. She told us that moss from your garden is OK, but there is a fine of up to
£2,000 if you are caught picking it in the countryside! After the ring was covered in hay, Jill attached a ribbon and then started lashing on greenery, including two types of holly, variegated foliage and berries. When the hay was totally covered, she finished it off with Christmas baubles and bows, and some wired fir cones and silk flowers. A lovely contribution to our raffle.

Carol then took over and showed us how to make a Christmas table decoration. Carol is a prime mover in the Ottery Flower Arrangement Society and the organiser of the Ottery Christmas Tree Festival which is to be held towards the end of November. She started her arrangement by covering the base of a third of a block of oasis with cellophane to prevent leaks. She then fixed trimmed laurel leaves vertically on all sides with pins. The main arrangement of spray carnations and foliage was then inserted into the uncovered top of the oasis. The pretty decoration was then finished off with a ribbon. Another much-appreciated raffle prize.


Next Meetings
Our Christmas Meal is on Tuesday 17 December.
Please contact Joyce or Angela for details.
Wednesday 15 January 2014 - “Faberge Eggs” with Anne Tagliero
Wednesday 12 February 2014 – “Hypnotherapy” with Deborah Pearce
All meetings are in the Small Hall at 7.30pm.

New members are always welcome.

Ann Moore (Secretary)


Tipton Ladies Group - Programme for 2013 
Venue: 7.30 pm in the Village Hall (small hall) 
 16th January
 "Boy on a Farm "
   Mr Spence Kingdom
13th February
 "Humourous Tails"
Pat Snelling
 20th March  Wednesday
"Cambodia Culture and Development"
Mr Roger Cozens
19th April
"Penlee Lifeboat disaster"    Mr Mac McLelan
15th May
"Talaton Bellringers""
Joan Dalton
19th June      Wednesday
" Going for Gold at Hampton Court"
 Naomi Tapp

to be advised
Summer Party - (themed)

Summer break No meetings

18th September
"Jurrassic Coast"
Mr Tony Burgess

16th October
  WednesdayAnnual General meeting
13th November
  Wednesday"festive craft"    Jill White

December        Christmas meal - To be advised


                                                       Tipton Ladies Group

Tipton Ladies Group is a friendly ladies group that meets once a month in the small room at the Village Hall. We have an interesting programme of speakers with something of interest for everyone. Our Summer Party is always great fun, and this year we had a 'Red and White Night'. When Christmas time comes around, we spoil ourselves and arrive en mass at a local restaurant for a Christmas Meal.

New members of all ages are always welcome; you don't even have to be a wife! Meetings are normally on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Annual subscription is only £12.

 If you are interested in joining please contact:

Treasurer Jackie Williams, Tel:01404 811358, 

email:  williams-robin@btconnect.com

or Chairwoman Ann Holden, Tel:01404 813146, 

email: apeaholden@aol.com