April 2021: Playing Spoons

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For our April meeting we were joined by Jo May from Jo May percussion to learn how to play spoons!

It was a much noisier session than usual with a lot of concerned cats and dogs! But we had so much fun.

To start Jo talked us through lots of different spoons and demonstrated what sounds and rhythms could be made from each spoon. Her tips for finding a good spoon to be played is getting a spoon with a deep bowl and a comfy handle.

Then we all had a go at playing. She talked us through ‘the hold’, how to get different sounds and showed us a few basic beats. Then we got more complicated and she showed us some more challenging beats before we put lots of different techniques together.

We finished the evening off with a group rendition of ‘what will you do with the drunken sailor’ which sounded beautiful….

We may wake up covered in blisters and bruises tomorrow but it was a fabulous evening. Thank you Jo!!!

If you missed the session but want to have a go then you can take a look at a series of ‘how to’ videos that Jo has produced here.

March 2021: Family History

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For our March meeting we were joined by Jackie Depelle, an enthusiastic family history tutor and lecturer who also runs her own genealogy event company. Jackie talked us through the process of tracing our family tree working from the known to the unknown.

She explained that the best places to find evidence are;

  • Certificates; birth, marriage and death
  • Census enumerators book
  • Parish registers; baptisms, marriages and burials

Jackie has a real love for family history and talked about the thrill of the chase and then the satisfaction when she uncovers another clue. She urges anyone who is interested to just have a go! Get a piece of paper and start drawing out your family tree, find evidence and speak to your family to fill out all you can. You can also take a beginners’ course to help build your skills, Jackie is running a 3-week beginners’ course that starts in April.

February 2021: AGM and Green Heart Crafting

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February was our annual meeting and in true 2020/21 style was our first ever AM on zoom! It was a roaring success. Time was spent celebrating the achievements of 2020, a tough year that Spa Sweethearts came through still smiling. We spent time applauding the committees’ efforts on the continually changing 2020 programme and looking back at our favourite virtual evenings.

The agenda we followed on the night is below;

  1. Announcements/welcome
  2. Appointment of independent examiner for coming year
  3. Presentation and adoption of financial statement
  4. Secretary’s report
  5. President’s address
  6. Confirmation of 2021 Committee
  7. Green heart crafting and social time with Felicity Crafts

You can read the reports that were presented on the evening below;

We are delighted that the President, Treasurer and Secretary remain unchanged this year. We are also very pleased to welcome two new committee members, Lindsay and Shirley. A full list of committee members can be found below;

2020 Committee
President: Felicity Jennings
Treasurer: Sam Pugmire
Secretary: Sahra McCann

Committee Members:
Rosie Curtis
Shirley Finfinger
Lucy Hainsworth
Lindsay Hay
Colette Hewlett
Sophie Shand
Lucy Turner
Dawn Walsh