Right on the heels of our Exhibition and Fibre Fair we hosted a high tea to catch-up with past members in early August. Theirs’ was a special invite with lace table cloths, china cups and saucers and all the traditional high tea accompaniments. Delicate morsels were served on cake stands with pretty plates and the tea poured from nice teapots. It was generally agreed that tea tastes much better this way. It was lovely to catch up with former members and hear all their news.
Life-member Colleen Killeen gave a short talk on the history of Tauranga Creative Fibre and it was particularly nice that one of the inaugural members from 1968, Marian Hancock was able to attend. Also Betty Clark and Margaret Baker. They joined in 1971. We all really appreciated looking through the photo albums held by the club and member Beverley Wing.
Our past and long serving members have contributed so much over the nearly 50 years to the growth, skill sharing and friendships of our club. There was a tremendous amount of talent and expertise in the room and some passionate discussions taking place.
After high tea, we were all treated to a fashion parade by six members who each modelled three different complete outfits to the great enjoyment of the onlookers. There were some beautifully worn styles that for some models were a completely different look with some wonderful use of colour.
Member Christine Nicholls, arranged the fashion show and was delighted to see Centrepoint’s provision of clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as coordinating all the outfits with great skill, so well rewarded. We also sent a Thank You card with a donation.
Many past members expressed their gratitude for the invite saying they just loved every minute. One lady felt she had just been to tea with the Queen, added President Margaret Russell.