Paul Reynolds, The Hospital Manager at HART Wildlife Rescue gave us a passionate, interesting and illuminating talk about the hospital's work and their transient guests. And don't ask about the squirrels.
Deborah Baxter from The Spirit Within came and gave us numerous helpful and useful techniques for coping with Lockdown 3. Breathe, pressing on the solar plexus point on your palm and putting on a cloak of protection were the top 3 tools.
Patsy Collins, a romantic author, came and talked about how to explore relationships in writing and read us exerts from some of her own short stories.
Naomi House and Jacksplace
Lucy Gray came and gave us an uplifting insight into the workings of Naomi House and Jacksplace.
Attainable Meditation with Laura
Laura from Be.ModernMeditation.com gave us an interesting and useful talk about attainable meditation practice.
The Great British Bee Project
The very keen apiarist, Richard Shaw, told us all about the different types of bees, the Bee Project and how swarms are caught & rehomed.
Pilates with Sophie, Joyful Movement
In March we moved into the online world and Sophie took us through a pilates routine. A few of our members then regularly joined Sophie during Lockdown One.
We started 2020 with an interesting talk on the history of belly dancing and then had a go ourselves!
The History of Portsmouth (Pt 3)
Once again Andrew kept us all enthralled with his hilarious history and captivating stories about Portsmouth's past.
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.
Salon du Chocolat
An evening all about the life cycle of chocolate. We got to see cocoa pods and taste a new type of chocolate - ruby chocolate.
Acts of Kindness
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.
Pearl Jewellery Making
Our long awaited talk from Frances teaching us all about the history of pearls and sharing her passion for turning them into beautiful jewellery.
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.
Our 1st Birthday
We celebrated our first birthday party with cake (of course!) and a popular quiz
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.
Charlie's Beach Hut
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.
Another of our favourites. A talk from local crafter Ally about silvermithing and showing off her beautiful handmade jewellery.
Food Fads to Square Meals
An interesting talk all about food
A History of British Canals
Our first meeting organised for us by our adviser, Denise. A history of British canals and their unique art.
The Joyful Movement
Sophie from The Joyful Movement and introduced us to Barre Fitness. Not many of us were able to get our legs above our heads but we definitely had a Barre Fitness 'glow'.
We finished off our year with Michelle from Boozy Bakers. And while we made festive shortbread together she told us about her business journey. Finally, our year ended with recorded Christmas carols from our very own Dolly Mixtures. A real highlight of an 'interesting' year.
Sarah Slater came to talk about her experiences of working with the ghosts of Hampton Court Palace and the stories of the sightings of ghosts over the years. We were, however, more fascinated by homemade historic outfits and capes !
Summer Party Party Party...
We sent out our summer care packages and put on our best summer party hats, drank cocktails and played the best 'what is in your handbag ' game.
We had a robust workout with Kirsten who kindly gave us quite a few breaks!
Story of Human Trafficking
The writer, Helen Matthews, introduced us to the shocking world of Human Trafficking and the extensive research for her novels.
The Great Russian Chair Raffle
Our meeting in February foreshadowed the rest of 2020. Our speaker was called away so we made the best of it and enjoyed the cut-throat Russian Chair Raffle. Sadly, it was the last time together in 2020.
Jewellery, knitting & christmas carols
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
Fun and Games
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!
Penny gave us an inspirational talk titled 'Baking Blind'. Search 'Baking Blind' on YouTube to see her videos.
Masterclass in Macrons
Debbie gave us a hands-on demonstration of how to make macarons with some delicious samples
Clean Air Southampton
An informative talk about pollution from Clean Air Southampton
The History of Portsmouth - Pt 2
The second installation from our very popular speaker Andrew Neagus talking about the hilarious history of Portsmouth.
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!
History of Portsmouth - Pt 1
A hilarious and fascinating talk from local historian Andrew Neagus
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.
Underwear through the Ages
A hilarious history of knickers. And now we know why we say 'a pair of pants'.
A bright, bold and very fun evening! We learnt two fantastic bollywood dance routines.
Penguins in the Desert
We learnt the secrets of Abu Dhabi and why and how there are penguins in the desert.
A very funny evening learning about hula hooping fitness and trying to keep our hoops in the air!