On Sunday 9th July, 26 Red Hatters and friends were picked up bright(?) and early by a cheerful coach driver. The journey down was slow and traffic-jammed, but by midday we arrived and negotiated the walk over the stepped bridge and into Hampton Court Grounds. Some of us looked at the formal gardens round the Palace, before entering a large and bewildering showground packed with … Continue reading Hampton Court Flower Show
Five Years! Unbelievable… and we don’t look a day older! We celebrated last night in Morcott village hall, midst a sea of balloons and bunting, wine and music. I did have to tazzle about the lanes of Rutland looking for our musician, who got seriously lost and ended up outside the Wheatsheaf in Edith Weston, on the verge of tears. However, he was duly rescued and … Continue reading 5th Birthday Party!
It was all hands to the wheel on Wednesday when a dozen of us gowned up in bright blue overalls and rubber gloves to take a spot of car mechanicals in the Kwikfit Garage in Melton. Fuelled with big fat cream cakes and hot drinks from the dispenser (free!) we set about learning the art of changing a tyre, checking for wear on the treads … Continue reading Kwikfit hoot
Written by Joanne… Well, ten intrepid trainee pie makers gathered at The Old Pork Pie Shoppe (where were the rest of you?) Pork Pie Meister Andy, was there to greet us and persuade us into baking attire. Reluctance to shed our red hats was cleverly overcome by being given a stylish RED hairnet ! Hands washed,smiles fixed, we gathered round a long table where the ingredients … Continue reading Pork Pie Making
Oooh it was spooky… Ok, it wasn’t that spooky, it was more fun than scary and we laughed a lot as we gingerly stepped down dark alleys knowing that Matin Tempest, the professional actor who leads the ghost walk, would inevitably jump out at us, and leave our skins behind. Even though we came to expect it, he would double cross us by appearing high … Continue reading Ghost walk
It was a right royal evening, when we took over Oakham Castle for our Christmas party this year. It was a wonderful setting, with all the horseshoes around the hall, and a great space for our banquet. 32 of us were there on the night (where were the rest of you?). We started with fizz and canapes (and a game of ‘who am I?’) until … Continue reading Christmas Party 2016
The bells refers to hand bells expertly swung by Tony and his team. The bowls refers to bowls of risotto made by Molly! The combination was a winner and sincere thanks to both. Here’s what Mo wrote… TEARS WAS A-ROLLIN DOWN MY FACE I COULDN’T EVEN FIND MY PLACE! WE WERE TOLD IT DIDN’T MATTER “YOU CAN’T READ MUSIC??? BUT YOU’RE A HATTER!” THE TROUBLE WAS … Continue reading Bells and Bowls