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Brown Edge WI - June 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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ST ANNE'S School Hall was beginning to fill as members of Brown Edge WI were arriving for their Meeting on Wednesday the 4th June, which would start promptly at 7.15 pm. President Barbara Corden was once more able to include a visitor in her welcome, whom she hoped would enjoy her evening with us enough, to follow previous visitors and become a member. Barbara announced that we would not be opening our meeting with Jerusalem tonight as we had two members with birthdays this week, Sylvia Bennion and José Frisby, and for them we would resort to singing the old favourite 'Happy Birthday'. She went on to mention that José would be celebrating a 'special' birthday, and asked her to stand to receive our congratulations. José responded with saying, that she thought age is only a number and was thankful, that she was so far, well enough to enjoy it. Barbara continued the meeting by explaining that the she had been researching the possibility of some sort of sound system for us in order that those with not so clear hearing would be able to continue to enjoy our meetings. Hilary Shaw has been investigating a visit to Thornton's on Wednesday, 22nd October, and subject to enough interest will be booking a coach for the trip. Our speaker Jackie Roberts, began her talk with the words "Chocolate is good for you" a statement which had the members nodding in agreement. In front of us was a table groaning with "chocolate delights" which had our mouths watering. Jackie began by explaining how she came to be into the job of making chocolates as a business. After learning how to "temper" chocolate, to obtain the desired shiny finish, she found that this was a hobby that both pleased her and led to pleasing others so that the hobby became an enjoyable business. After giving us a brief history of chocolate making, Jackie then introduced us to the smell and more importantly, the taste, of the different chocolates that are available. As one member said it was rather like a "wine tasting only with chocolate". With each "tasting" we learned how each one was made, and that it was unnecessary to put our chocolate into the fridge, but to keep in a cool place. As files of flavourings were passed around for us to "test" our sense of smell, it was interesting to see the various reactions. Similarly with the tasting, punctuated with drinks of water, to "clear our palates" it was obvious we all had our own particular likes and dislikes. By the end of her talk, we were left with the comfortable feeling that comes from being thoroughly "indulged" with the eating of chocolate. Dorothy Hibbitt had the easy task of thanking Jackie for her interesting and tasty talk. Members were then able to purchase the items on display. The competition for a "chocolate" cake was won by Barbara Kirkland and the door raffle by Margaret Hanson. We meet again on Wednesday, 2nd July, when we welcome Hen Johnson (Miss Pitchy Patchy) with 'Women on the Homefront'. The competition is for 'A Chamber Pot'. Now there's a challenge for you, have you inherited one? If so bring it and a friend to what promises to be an interesting presentation.

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