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Report for February and March 2017
At our February meeting local beekeeper, Graham Fifoot, gave a talk called "The Fascination of Bees" and it certainly lived up to its title. Graham told us some remarkable facts about honey bees and how they make honey and even brought along one of his hives to show us how a typical hive is constructed.
At our March meeting we were entertained by professional magician, Pete Turner. Pete began by asking the question, who believes in magic? Pete not only showed us some of his intriguing tricks but also explained the psychology of physical and mental misdirection which magicians use to prevent their audience from working out how a trick is performed. It was a fun evening with lots of oohs and aahs and laughter and yes by the end of the evening we all believed in magic. This month there have also been two special outings. The Walking Group organised a visit to Chetham's School of Music in Manchester to hear a recital by some of the very talented young students there, followed by a tour of Chetham's Library. The Library was founded in 1653 and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain and is well worth a visit. The second outing was to Shore Cottage Studio, Thurstaston on the Wirral where there was a choice of two crafts to try, glass fusion and knotted necklaces. The studio is in a stunning location as it sits on the tidal estuary of the River Dee and all who attended the workshops thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 5th when local author Rina Tillinger, an American by birth but a long time resident of this country, will be speaking about the amusing differences between America and Britain. At the following meeting on Wednesday May 3rd our speaker is Joanna Lomas who will be telling us about the benefits of raw milk. Joanna and her husband milk their herd of pedigree Holstein cows and purebred Jerseys at Street Farm, Tarvin and now sell their milk direct to customers at the farm gate via a vending machine called a 'Milkbot'. Both meetings start at 7.30pm in Kelsall Methodist Hall.