Archive | November, 2014

CCC Liversedge- Craft and Crafty Cakes 15.11.14

26 Nov

We had a brilliant Cake and Craft meeting last Saturday morning.JpegI think our largest turnout of members in the past was 26. This time we had 28 cake eaters (18 cakes)  but 30 cake eaters if you include the 2 husbands who called to join their wives for the last part of the meeting.

During the morning Helen and I demonstrated how to make a quilted Christmas bauble and most people joined in and made one too.IMG-20141115-WA0005Each bauble required 220 pins, 40 squares of fabric, a polystyrene ball, a length of ribbon and a strip of material with edges ironed in for neatness. I had prepared these during the previous week in readiness! I believe I prepared approx 1120 squares, over 6000 pins,  28 strips of fabric, 28 lengths of ribbon and lots more…

The cakes were brilliant

Here we are deep in concentration eating cake, crafting and chatting. We had a great morning.

All our ‘Cake & craft’ meetings have been extremely popular so I hope to arrange another one for next year. (Thinking cap on as to what craft we can do next!)

Here I am handing out crafting materials and name badges with our newest (oldest!) member Jean, who has moved over from Bridlington

CCC 15.11.14 a(Bridlington CCC’s loss and our gain!)

Our next meeting is on 13th December, (our Christmas party) and we are having a perhaps ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to bake absolutely anything you want, hence the theme ‘Anything goes’…. but we still need cake!

Clandestine Cake Club visit ‘The Pie Shed’ – Theme ‘Surprise Inside’

14 Nov

Tomorrow is Spen Valley group’s next event and I realise I haven’t posted a write up of our last meeting.

Our theme when we visited ‘The Pie Shed’ was ‘Surprise inside’ and we had some great cakes.

The Pie Shed is a lovely cafe/bistro at 1, Green Lane, Dewsbury and we were made very welcome. All the cakes and pies are baked on the premises in the bakehouse and there is always a ‘pie of the day’.

Green Lane is the next road to Heald’s Road where Dewsbury Hospital is situated so if you are close it’s worth a visit.

These are the cakes which when cut open had all manner of surprises inside.



These were the surprises we found inside the cakes!

We had a lovely evening with so many cakes, too many to taste. It’s a good job we can take cake home!

We had another lovely ‘Surprise inside’ when one of our members Cathy, revealed to us her ‘surprise inside’. It was a great time to reveal to us that she is pregnant. All our good wishes go to her.


We had tea with the Gruffalo (Kirklees Concert Season) in Huddersfield Town Hall.

5 Nov

I took Evie (aged 5) to a lovely concert in Huddersfield Town Hall last Sunday afternoon. I jumped at the chance when I was offered complimentary tickets with a view to writing a review.


We ventured into the ‘deep dark wood (with the little mouse) to see the acclaimed animated film The Gruffalo and the successor film The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The concert was part of the Kirklees Concert Season and combined the two Gruffalo films on a big screen with the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra’s rendition of the Rene Aubrey’s music score.


The children and all the audience too watched the films with familiar anticipation as the little mouse outsmarted the hungry animals and the Gruffalo, as we listened to the original dialogue of the films with live music.

Evie loved it and so did I. It was completely different watching the films with a large audience and live music. It brought a great warmth to it and the murmerings of the children who knew the rhyme echoed through the hall.

We were also treated to various orchestra members playing the sounds for us which would signify each animal.

I googled ‘Classical Music’ and came up with ‘serious music following long established priciples’ .  We have renditions of lots of classical music around us in films, adverts and tv and this excellent concert was a great introduction to the delights of a live orchestral music for younger family members and friends who should now know that ‘Classical Music’ is natural, wonderful to listen to and nothing to be afraid of.

Creative  Kirklees are presenting the Kirklees Concert Season  and it is a great chance for anyone to enjoy such great music played in a ‘hall near you’ and I highly recommend you go along and check it out for yourself.

You will find the programme of future events by following this link      Kirklees Concert Season