The Cambridgeshire IVC Blog

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Christmas Cheer...

It just wouldn't be Christmas without mulled wine and minced pies... Caroline made sure we didn't lose out and hosted a very pleasant evening with the mandatory alcoholic and non-alcoholic brews - and we even had enough mince pies for Alan!

Cheers Caroline!

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Christmas Crafts Session


Five of us gathered this morning at Brenda's for the Christmas crafts session. We spent an enjoyable 3 hours making decorations and having a chat over coffee and refreshments. Margaret and Brenda made wreaths using a mix of flowers, garden foliage and decorations.  Janet's wreath was made of "dry" decorations, some borrowed from an arrangement she received on her birthday last year. Val made a spectacular Christmas star - we hope it lives up to Nick's expectations!  The craft group will meet again on 16 January for post Christmas crafts - perhaps card making from the lovely cards you have received this year. See the event diary/January bulletin for details re venue etc.  

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Festive Season outing

Following a sunny short walk from Byron's Pool, then up to see the statue of Rupert Brooke, outside Jeffrey Archer's house at Grantchester, via Trumpington Nature Reserve with it's wooden carvings, a group of us enjoyed the Festive spirit at the Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary & St Michael's Church, Trumpington.  We voted for our favourites from a number of trees decorated by the local community including one entitled "The Ghost of Christmas Past" and another with little national flags representing Christmas around the world.  A relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon prior to Christmas.

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What a grand affair...

Madingley Hall venue for IVC Xmas Party

For those involved in the pre planning for our Xmas Dinner and Dance the 15th December always seemed a long way off-but time always seems to move faster when the “season” approaches-and our big day arrived.>

We all braved a great storm which was howling outside, but inside Madingley Hall was as stunningly decorated and welcoming as ever. At the drinks reception it was a pleasure to greet our friends from Ad Fab. This was a first for us - and a first of course for this “Meet Up”.

After mingling, and meeting new friends it was over to the ornate dining room where we joined other organisations. The tables were beautiful, and everyone remarked on what a nice touch the little cards were. During the meal there was more interaction and seat swapping as ever-always great to catch up with friends! And the meal-I believe most enjoyed it although there were glitches with service for the fish eaters [and the fish / Yorkshire pudding conundrum] and-some issues as regards gluten free choices and missing sausages and roast spuds! This will be fed back to the management in January. All in all though-I think a 70% satisfaction rating!

One of the great advantages of Madingley is the post dinner choice! The quiet room upstairs which many people love, or the disco downstairs. This year the latter had moved to an adjacent room to the dining room- which was closer and avoided the “outdoors “passage. I thought this was better- and it was certainly much less congested. It gave the bar area as a third choice for a chat. I enjoyed some chat and some dancing- and it was nice to flit between two rooms.

Finally, on behalf of us all, I would like to thank both Sarah [who made all the initial preparations] and Helen who very ably took it on from October. They did an excellent organisational job and we are all extremely grateful. A great evening, enjoyed by all I believe.


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November Photo Assignment: Sculpture - The Results

A great set of entries this month for the photo assignment and many were really creative. Most people found it one of the hardest to pick a winner. That said one image did collect a clear majority of votes.

Nicks: Two Faced

Two Faced

Several entries tied for the second place.

Next months assignment is "Coloured Lights" - seasonal or not there should be plenty of opportunities this time of year to impress.



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