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Santa Checkley

by Barbara Lancey

It was marvellous to see such a large turnout this month, and to welcome several new members and guests. And what a treat for us to have Santa Checkley demonstrating her catering skills and allowing us all to taste the results! We were totally spoilt!

Born in England to an English father and an Italian mother, much of Santa's childhood was spent at the family villa on the Italian Riviera in Northern Italy, helping prepare meals for the large family, which is where her love of food and cooking started. Among her many exploits since, she has been a Chef and Manager of an award winning country house hotel and restaurant, a home economist, and created dishes for food magazine photographic sessions. She has run her very successful catering business for over 30 years, and developed her food workshops to enable her to share her interest and enthusiasm with others.

Although a somewhat unusual event for the Tuesday Group ladies, 40 or so members and guests were given expert advice and instruction on the making of sweet canap├ęs AND a gin-based cocktail! Santa's popularity meant we were quite a crowd, but everyone was able to see and sample each recipe as they were deftly passed around, and there were many questions from the floor, keen to know all the secrets! Everyone was given a beautiful portfolio of all the recipes to take away, and I can see these being repeated time and time again.

Our next meeting is on 15 May and promises to be a fascinating talk by former naval officers, Carolyn Stait and Colin Sams as to 'How Jack came to be Jolly!'....a lighthearted exploration of the Customs and Traditions of the Senior Service. Naval life is full of colour, humour and camaraderie — much of this enshrined in customs and traditions that have been nurtured over centuries to provide a bedrock of support and purpose to the many challenges faced by both ancient and modern sailors. It also underpins a healthy regard and spirit of rivalry between the Services. So ladies, do come along to Drayton Village Hall at 7.30 on the 16th — all welcome!

To find out more about the Tuesday Group contact either Barbara Lancey on 01458 252657, or Aideen Roche on 01458 252022, or just come along to the next meeting — and bring a friend or neighbour too....our programme of events has something for everyone, including Outings, Workshops, Speakers/Demonstrators, Theatre trips, Quizzes and much much more. With membership only £10 a year, it is great value for money, or come as a guest for just £2.50 per meeting.