Puddings on the menu

Pentrich Women's Institute.
Pentrich Women's Institute.

THE last meeting of Pentrich WI was held on Tuesday March 13. This was a particularly enjoyable meeting, as not only did we receive a lovely talk from our guest speaker, we also got the chance to indulge in some of her fantastic home-made puddings!

Angie Cooper is the owner of ‘The Pudding Room’ at Carsington Water. She told members how she had made the journey from working as an Enrolled Nurse in Derby, to running her very successful business selling sweet desserts. Without any formal training, Angie started out making desserts for her colleagues at work. Spotting the potential for a business opportunity, Angie two-month career break from nursing and never looked back.

She spent several years working from her own kitchen, before progressing to the garage; ousting her husband’s car in the process. Along with her two staff, Angie now works from her premises at Carsington, which as well as The Pudding Room, includes a registered camping and caravanning site. In addition to her shop work, Angie also supplies tea rooms, works on farmers’ markets and attends agricultural shows. Members enjoyed a lovely selection of Angie’s puddings, which included samples from her sugar and gluten free ranges. Angie then answered all of our questions, including ‘Do you eat your own puddings?’ To our amusement, the answer was…… no!

The business meeting followed. Joint president Julie Waterfall gave her report from the Spring Council Meeting, where Dame Jenni Murray from Radio 4’s Women’s Hour had been the main speaker. Members were delighted to hear that Julie’s marmalade had come first out of 67 entries. Well done Julie! Joan Greaves also brought along her exquisite Black Work, which she had also entered into competition. We heard how 18 of our ladies had attended a Tai Chi taster session last month. This had been a great success, and we now hope it will become a regular weekly event.

Sue Bonsall updated us on our new book club, and an inaugural meeting was arranged to get this up and running.

Nine new members were welcomed to our WI.

They were introduced by our joint presidents, and each lady was given a name badge. All members extend a warm welcome. Trips to look forward to include a visit to Highgrove, and a Bluebell walk. Members representedus at the WI quiz on March 22.

Our next meeting will be held at Pentrich Village Hall on Tuesday, 10th April 10, at 7.30pm. Our sales table will be ‘toiletries’ and our guest speaker will be Amy Williams. Amy owns and manages ‘Polka Dot Florist’ in Ripley. She will be treating our members to a flower arranging demonstration, and having attended many of Amy’s evening work shops, I know this promises to be a great meeting, so please, feel encouraged to come along and join us.

New members are always welcome at Pentrich WI, so please come along to one of our meetings, or get in touch with our Presidents, Julie Waterfall 01773 540350 or Doreen Staton 01773 603877.