November 2021: Behind the Scenes of TV Quiz Shows

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For our November meeting we had our first ever ‘hybrid’ evening. Our speaker joined us remotely and was projected onto the wall of the hall for us to enjoy. We had lots of Sweethearts joining us in the hall and more tuned in online, it worked really well and allowed us to hear from a speaker who would usually be out of our reach.We were joined by Faith Powell who shared her insight into TV quiz shows. Faith got into TV quiz shows 33 years ago when her daughter was born. She was told to ‘rest when your daughter rests’ so she did, by watching quiz shows and this led to participating in them.

The first show that Faith took part in was ‘Going for Gold’. She told us all about the gruelling interview process and shared the secrets around the 5 outfits required for the 1 day of filming. She then went on to tell us about some of the 15 quiz shows she has been on, of which she has won 6! We heard about the mountains of make-up, the ‘holidays to Prague’ and the very very helpful quiz hosts (we won’t name any names).

Some of her fondest memories came from taking part in ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and all the shenanigans that took place there (including setting the tea towel on fire!). She hasn’t made tempura batter since!

Faith was a fabulous speaker, she was very engaging, got us all involved and got lots and lots of laughs. We then finished our evening with tea, cake and a fantastic quiz organised for us by our wonderful President and Secretary celebrating women in film, sport and history.

October 2021: 10th Birthday Extravaganza

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October saw the Spa Sweetheart’s 10th Birthday and we celebrated in true Sweetheart style with cake, and crafts. Helped along by balloons, sparkling wine, bunting, pineapple hedgehogs and more cake!

Everyone painted a flower pot to plant a sweetheart tulip which was a little birthday present to members at the party.

We also each made a square to add to our 10th Anniversary table cloth, a collective present to ourselves which will be used at future meetings.

Helping us to look back we had our epic bunting hung around the room and our scrap books. A bunting pendant has been made for each meeting over the past ten years, in another ten years it will need a room of its own! Such a lovely keepsake.

Our current  president Felicity was joined by three of our past four presidents including our founding president Bex.

Thank you to everyone that took part and here’s to the next ten years!

September 2021: Belly Dancing

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In September we were joined by Beverley who took us on a journey through the history of bellydance and traditional Middle Eastern dancing. She demonstrated a variety of fantastic dances and explained when each one would have historically been used.

One of the most impressive dances was the one that involved the ‘Shamadam’, am intricate head-dress that holds a number of candles. Beverley danced with ease whilst wearing this head dress and explained how this dance and head-dress is used to make an entrance to a wedding with the bride and groom.

She then showed us her beautiful outfits before we had our own go at some bellydancing moves. There was a lot of shimmying, jingling and laughter during this wonderful evening.

Thank you Beverley! If anyone is interested in taking lessons please see her flyer below.