The Club was delighted to welcome as our guest speaker at January's Dinner meeting, Val Stone of Somerton, who was a contestant in the 2016 series of the Great British Bake Off.
Val gave an inspirational incite into how she fell in love with baking in the late 1950s - a love that never left her throughout her teaching career and into retirement. She informed us of the long and challenging process of being selected to the Show that attracts some 11 million viewers. From an initial entry of 90,000, the process whittled down to the last 190 who were invited to perform at the final auditional that included her famous mince pies!
Appearing on the show she endeared herself to the nationa with Mary Berry's immortal words - "You've got a soggy bottom", referring to her underbaked pastry.
Val's appearance, for which the Club donated to charity, was one of the Dinner & Speaker highlights of the year.
Rotarians were fortunate to be able to visit the Radford's Fudge Factory at Stoke-Sub-Hamdon to learn about making fudge and watch the master fudger in action. Of course tasting was allowed along with the start of Christmas shopping for some members.
This year's programme has witnessed a number of really interesting vocational visits with members experiencing a range of businesses, past-times and hobbies.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Bonfire & Haloween Party at Long Sutton on Friday 27th October. Fine weather brought out a great crowd for fun & games and roaring inferno of a bonfire. Between them they helped us raise £541 for local youth projects in the area.
The 2017 D1200 Annual Conference was held in Wells in October, with the Langport & Somerton Club being represented by our President, Roger Hampton, President Elect David Wadeson, Sherrie-Jane Jackson and Jane Redfearn.
The Conference was opened by Michael Eavis CBE and featured speaker from India and America as well as interesting debate from a variety of facinating presenters
The Club continues to welcome new members. During 2017 we have inducted Stuart Cave, Owen Paterson, Michele Crumb and Rob Crumb
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