We started 2020 with an interesting talk on the history of belly dancing and then had a go ourselves!
Once again Andrew kept us all enthralled with his hilarious history and captivating stories about Portsmouth's past.
The History of Portsmouth (Pt 3)
The Haven reminded us of compassion, caring and a strong volunteer base to create this haven to men and women with breast cancer in and around Titchfield.
Tina the dog came with her human partners, Tina and Bev to show us what a wonderful difference this charity can make to people as assistance dogs.
Our Annual General Meeting with a game introduced by our treasurer, Lorraine - a fun cross between a raffle and musical chairs.
An evening all about the life cycle of chocolate. We got to see cocoa pods and taste a new type of chocolate - ruby chocolate.
Salon du Chocolat
Kerry from local organisation 'Acts of Kindness' spoke to us about their fantastic work to support people in need in our community. We had a collection of toiletries for goodies to make hospital packs.
Acts of Kindness
Our long awaited talk from Frances teaching us all about the history of pearls and sharing her passion for turning them into beautiful jewellery.
Pearl Jewellery Making
The return of our Jambusters quiz with cream scones, cake and Pimms!
A hands-on demonstration of needle felting from local crafter, Sandra.
A relaxed evening with talks on different aspects of well-being including reflexology from our own member, Carly.
We celebrated our first birthday party with cake (of course!) and a popular quiz
Our 1st Birthday
We had a duo of talks on upcycling - one from Smart Living Hampshire explaining the benefits of upcycling to the environment and a practical workshop with J'adore la Maison, Wickham.
Karen from Charlie's Beach Hut came to talk to us about the fantastic local charity her and her husband set up in memory of their son, Charlie.
Charlie's Beach Hut
Another of our favourites. A talk from local crafter Ally about silvermithing and showing off her beautiful handmade jewellery.
An interesting talk all about food
Food Fads to Square Meals
Our first meeting organised for us by our adviser, Denise. A history of British canals and their unique art.
A History of British Canals
Alaine told us all about Twinkly bits and knits, with several of us having a go at making a bracelet ourselves. Plus the Dolly Mixtures sang Christmas Carols
Jewellery, knitting & christmas carols
Our planned speaker was unfortunately unable to come last minute so we improvised with an evening of games. The caretaker said there was so much laughter he thought we had a stripper!
Fun and Games
Penny gave us an inspirational talk titled 'Baking Blind'. Search 'Baking Blind' on YouTube to see her videos.
Debbie gave us a hands-on demonstration of how to make macarons with some delicious samples
Masterclass in Macrons
An informative talk about pollution from Clean Air Southampton
Clean Air Southampton
The second installation from our very popular speaker Andrew Neagus talking about the hilarious history of Portsmouth.
The History of Portsmouth - Pt 2
We rang in the end of 2018 to the sound of bells!
One of our favourite talks from three amateur bee keepers telling us their hilarious tales of how not to keep bees!
A hilarious and fascinating talk from local historian Andrew Neagus
History of Portsmouth - Pt 1
We heard the unusual and funny tale of how Mick transitioned between the armed forces and artisan chocolatier.
Julie from Natural Vitality spoke to us all about nutrition - the benefits and how to improve our diet.
We danced in the New Year Cuban style in a very active and fun meeting.
A hilarious history of knickers. And now we know why we say 'a pair of pants'.
Underwear through the Ages
A bright, bold and very fun evening! We learnt two fantastic bollywood dance routines.
We learnt the secrets of Abu Dhabi and why and how there are penguins in the desert.
Penguins in the Desert
A very funny evening learning about hula hooping fitness and trying to keep our hoops in the air!