The speaker at our April meeting was Nicola Sly from Bramble Lodge Alpacas. Nicola’s enthusiasm for these beautiful animals was infectious. She described how she began with three alpacas in 2014 to manage a large area of grass and now has eleven with two more to be born this year. We heard about their origins and characteristics, including how they can keep poultry safe from foxes. It was also interesting to hear about the various uses of alpaca fibre which is lanolin free and can be tolerated by many people who are allergic to wool.
At our next meeting on 4th May Chris Clark will demonstrate theatrical make-up and on 1st June Kathleen Doggett will speak on ‘Flowers and Fun’. There will be a Garden party in July and a visit to Chilford Hall vineyard in August.
New members and visitors are always welcome to join us on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’ North building, behind the church, in Little Shelford.
At our February meeting we learned about the history of Cambridge from Honour Ridout, Chair of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History and a former City Tourist Officer. With the help of contemporary illustrations compared with modern photographs we were able to visualise the changes over the centuries and see the many traces of previous generations in the modern city.
We held our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 2 March, Anna Sugden was re-elected as President and Shirley Warbrick will become Treasurer. The AGM was followed by Trevor Chapman speaking on ‘The ripple effect of hearing loss’ which provoked much discussion and many questions. The next meeting on Thursday 6 April will include a talk by Nicola Sly on Alpacas.
Our activities extend beyond the monthly meetings and we are delighted that our newly formed darts team won their first match. We have also arranged a visit to Chilford Hall vineyard which will take place in August.
We meet on the first Thursday of every month (except August) at 7.30 p.m. in All Saints’ North Room, behind the church, in Little Shelford. New members and visitors are always welcome.