Clubs and Community news round-up (including a new president for the Lions Club of Hemel Hempstead)

Yoga in Berkhamsted with David Garrigues
Yoga in Berkhamsted with David Garrigues

The latest news from clubs and community groups in your area.

Lions club welcomes new president for year ahead

The Lions Club of Hemel Hempstead has welcomed a new president for the year ahead.

Outgoing president Terry Allen handed over to Gren Derrick at a social evening on Tuesday last week.

The club runs a thriving second-hand bookshop in the Marlowes Centre – all the books sold are donated by the public, either brought into the shop or collected.

The new president is keen to raise the profile of the club in the community, by developing links with local schools, youth and senior groups, and organisations who work with disabled people.

Fmore information, including how to join, call Gren on 07905 623776, or speak to any of the members or volunteers working in the bookshop.

Trust gets set for Paws On The Moors event

The Box Moor Trust is holding a new event on Blackbirds Moor in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday, July 12 between 11am and 3pm.

Paws On The Moors is being organised in association with Dacorum Borough Council and Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels.

It is aimed at everyone, but in particular dog owners, with a view to promoting responsible dog ownership in the community.

Appledown will be running a fun dog show at which the prizes have been kindly donated by Barking Heads (Pet Food UK).

There will be other activities for dogs and owners to enjoy, including hay bale races and an obstacle/rally course.

Children can learn how to be safe around dogs and how to avoid the risk of being bitten.

There will also be trade/charity and refreshment stalls. No need to go home for lunch – delicious barbeque food will be available.

This free fun event is for all the family – especially the four-legged members! Free to attend.

Tea and scones make for a delicious afternoon out

The June outing for afternoon tea for members of Flamstead & Trowley Women’s Institute was to the Bluebells Café at Marsworth, on the side of the canal.

It was a lovely afternoon, and after delicious tea – the warm scones are highly recommended – and we strolled along the canal and the edge of the reservoir.

It was very peaceful and a delightful place.

Frances Benton came to our June meeting to talk about her passion for pearls. She started by telling us that her hobby had become an obsession as well as a passion, and her quest for pearls takes her to exotic places all over the world. She had brought an enormous selection of pearl jewellery with her, all made by her, most of which was for sale.

Her profits are donated to a small African charity, providing for street children in Durban.

She explained that real pearls are exceptionally heavy and warm. Faux pearls are beads. We learnt how pearls are formed of nacre, and how the cultured pearl industry was begun by the Mikimodo family in 1895 – the same year that the WI was founded in Canada! We also had a physics lesson – how the nacre produces light disturbance which makes expensive pearls shine.

The Ancient Greeks called them the ‘tears of Aphrodite’ and to the Arabs they were known as ’dewdrops of the moon’. In the early years, they were only worn by men. A black pearl or peacock pearl denotes good luck in love and passion.

Mother of Pearl is the shell and the tiny buttons made from it are expensive.

It is important that pearls are worn and enjoyed for whatever reason as the skin helps to keep them bright. Frances wears pearls at all times. Frances passed round lots of examples of necklaces she had strung with silk knots, as well as raw pearls and shells. She was an excellent and very entertaining speaker and we had a great evening.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 10 at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Bill Hamilton, and his talk is entitled Man On The Spot. Visitors are always welcome.

Famous yoga instructor 
is a fan of Berkhamsted

David Garrigues chose BAYoga Studio as his only stop in England on his European tour which will also include Germany and Ireland before he heads home to Philadelphia in the US. He also visited the town last November.

David is one of only a handful of yoga teachers around the world to have been certified to teach yoga by the late yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

BAYoga Studio owner Cathy Haworth said: “It’s great to have David back in Berkhamsted. Committed yogis came from across the UK and we even had one person fly from the US to experience his teaching!

“The studio is a centre of excellence and visits from teachers such as David certainly build on that image.”

David said: “Berkhamsted is such a cute place – the feeling, the landscape, and the people. Everyone’s been very welcoming, eager to learn and enthusiastic. Cathy always makes me feel welcome and it’s a good community to share yoga with. I’ll be back soon!”

Strawberry pavlova on the menu at Little Gaddesden

Members of Little Gaddesden Women’s Institute do like a party, especially on a fine June evening in a lovely garden, and so it proved to be when they descended en masse to Jill Hancock’s, bearing plates of buffet delicacies.

“Another helping of strawberry pavlova? Oh, go on then.” Crowning the tempting display was the President’s Cup, awarded to secretary Anne Wooster for services beyond the call of duty and, initially at least, minus the strawberries.

Chris Mawhood reported on the Annual Meeting of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, held at Leeds, and Fiona Masters gave news of upcoming outings.

The Book Group, Cross Stitch Group, Drama Group and Gardens Group continue to flourish and the Supper Club will be hitting a venue in the locality soon.

We meet back at the Village Hall on Thursday, July 17 when we will be hearing about the Earl of Bute – A Scholar And A Gentleman Or A Corrupt Scoundrel?

It is an open evening and all are welcome.

Flower fans enjoy outing to Lincolnshire walled garden

Members of Berkhamsted Gardeners’ Society enjoyed a trip to the beautiful Easton Walled Gardens near Grantham in Lincolnshire.

The gardens had been left derelict since the early 1950s when the house they surrounded was demolished, leaving just the garden walls.

In 2001 the family with the help of friends began the restoration of the garden. The first years were spent clearing the self sown trees, some of which were more than 50 years old, as well as brambles, and ivy growing out of the walls and stonework.

After four years spent clearing the gardens the planting began, two orchards of heritage apples and pears, flower borders, kitchen gardens with produce for the café, and a picking garden with avenues of sweet peas. The sun shone, plants were purchased for our own gardens, and a good day was had by all. Our next event is our garden party on Saturday, August 2.