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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
Active RetireesTM | 59 How are you attracting new members? We are only a very small group – Anne Oughtibridge founded the club four or five years ago with three members – but we are gradually getting more and more members coming along, so we now have six. Last year under Anne’s leadership we made a banner for our Probus club and it turned out very nicely. There were five of us involved with making it and we did a lot of embroidery work – and it stands proudly each meeting day now. We used to hold our meetings at Lionswood Village in Ringwood but we have decided to save on the fees by taking it in turns to hold meetings in our own homes. We tend to bring a plate for afternoon tea and everyone brings their own craft supplies, and we have a nice afternoon each month at one of the girls’ houses, just doing our own crafts. Is there another project on the horizon? After the banner we thought we’d just like a little rest from doing something big and major because the banner took us about 12 months. We’ve cancelled our next meeting to take the train to Bendigo for the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibition. We went up last year, that was great but this one I think will be spectacular. Do you think the exhibition will inspire new projects? Yes, some of the work on Grace Kelly’s dresses is lovely. Some of the embroidery work really makes you want to get in and haveagoatitbutyouneedalotoftime and there is not the time around like we used to have, we are so busy with other things as well. I do a lot of embroidery and I make patchwork quilts, and there is another lady in the group who does a lot of embroidery. She is in two or three craft groups so we are all quite busy with all our different craft and there are some who aren’t as involved as a couple of us are, but they still like to do their own thing. Do you have any other trips planned? We are planning afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne for Christmas. I’ve never been; I’ve always been a country girl and have only been in Melbourne the past 10 years. I’ve never been to the Windsor and it’s always been my dream to go. It reminds me of Gone With The Wind. I don’t know whether it will be like that or not, but they say ‘go with an appetite’. •• TEa aT ThE Windsor Make sure you book for afternoon tea at Melbourne’s Windsor Hotel, or you may have to slink out disappointed. The Windsor Hotel’s afternoon tea is an essential experience for any tea lover. A Melbourne institution since 1883, it is usually booked out weeks in advance, and for good reason. Guests are seated and poured champagne before being presented with a three- tiered silver stand carrying pastries, finger sandwiches and scones, all lovingly prepared onsite. Throughout the two-hour sitting, the stands’ exquisite offerings are replenished, the hotel’s signature tea blends are brewed, and guests sit back and enjoy the opulence. Of course, there are those who say it’s just an expensive way to eat sandwiches. You won't discover any new culinary breakthroughs here, but it’s an opportunity to take part in a great British tradition and, for those who care about their afternoon tea, an experience to savour. W: www.thehotelwindsor. com.au $ Members of the craft and tea group work on their own projects. # Group convenor Fay Tolliday works on her patchwork quilt.
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