Auckland East Breast Friends
The Auckland East Breast Friends Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm at Highland Park Community House, Highland Park. Please contact Jennifer (09) 274 1192 or Gill (09)274 9222 for more information or call us on 0800 273 222. New members are always welcome.
East Enjoys End of Year Dinner
This report from Jennifer Woodroofe
The East Auckland group held their end of year function at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club last week. A great evening was had by all with lots of laughter. We were lucky enough to have Deirdre (BCS Chair)come along and join us! I am sure she enjoyed herself!
We had all the usual people attend but as well we had a new lady – who I hope had not been too overwhelmed – who asked if she could bring her husband along because she was new. She is a friend of one of our other ladies, so her husband came along as well to keep the other husband company! Even though it is usually the ladies who attend these get togethers, we made an exception this time.
As usual, we had our ‘Secret Santa’ gift exchange, and Dierdre did the part of Santa – very well too.
We gave out the notices telling of the 6thDecember BSC Christmas Social to everyone, plus the committee newsletter and after chatting, a lovely dinner, and after dessert (for those that wanted it,) we headed off to our homes vowing to all be at the next meeting in February.
Getting creative with Christmas ideas
This report from Group Coordinator Jennifer Woodroofe
The East Auckland Breast friends group met for their October meeting with a ‘Christmassy’ theme. One of our members brought along an example of Xmas Trees she makes mounted in a picture frame, and made from old items of jewellery. Really great to look at and they also have xmas lights incorporated into them. Another member showed us how she made reindeer from candy canes and some finger puppets and then we all ‘decorated’ balls and stars for the xmas tree from sequins. A lot of fun was had and three new members were present. We will have our Xmas dinner in place of our November meeting.
East welcomes a Member from South Africa
The Pakuranga group met in September with 17 ladies in attendance. One of our ladies was new to the group, visiting her son from South Africa. She saw our notice and asked if she could come along! She will come back next month and until she returns to South Africa.
Our guest speaker was a local JP who came along to tell us about her journey as a JP and what services the JP’s offer in the community. She gave us a very interesting talk and lots of questions were asked.
Our new lady from South Africa then told us a little bit about BCS groups in South Africa. The Relay For Life is coming up in February 2011 so our visitor told us how the Relay for Life is done in Capetown. The organisers actually nominate ‘themes’ for certain laps eg ‘ funniest hat lap’ or ‘all dressed in pink lap’ etc. Sounds a good idea!
A quilting journey ...
The August guest speaker at the East Auckland Breast Friends Group meeting was Beryl, a friend of one of our members. Beryl has done many years of quilting and other handcrafts so came along to tell us about her journey through quilting. Seventeen members attended the meeting.
Beryl grew up in the far north and because she was in a remote area where there was not a lot to do, she turned her hand to embroidery and quilting. She recalled having her mother watching over her as she stitched, always checking the reverse side of her work to see if it was neat! Others in our group had the same happen to them when they were younger too!
Once she was established as a quilter, one of Beryl's first quilts depicted her rural lifestyle, with the old country school, the house she grew up in, the farm, her calf club days, the birds and animals. Beryl showed us a range of quilts she had made. There was a seaside one complete with shells made out of material/cotton scraps - all items/birds you would find at the beach were within the design of this one. She also had ones that she had dyed the colours herself - even one with teapots and flowers quilted on it. Amazing.
Another was entitled ‘Out of Alaska’. Beryl had been given quilting material from someone who went to Alaska which she turned into a real Alaskan landscape. Alongside her quilting abilities, Beryl also turns her hand to making bags, scarves, Xmas ornaments: some Hardanger ones, cross stitch, some for hanging on a Xmas tree, exquisite angels, wall hangings and other items. A real joy to look at. You would be surprised at what can be made out of even scrap pieces of material.
But Beryl thinks the culmination of her work occurred not long ago when there was a big embroidery exhibition/competition here in Auckland. She worked for months on a New Zealand quilt, large enough for a Queen sized bed, depicting EVERYTHING New Zealand – flowers, birds, trees, people – a real work of art. She had dyed her own material for it and was surprised to receive four awards in the competition, one being the ‘top award’. To see the quilt one can understand why.
It was a great evening and all the ladies were thrilled with what they saw. Beryl even gave us some suggestions of small items we could make in our group – her knowledge is endless.
It's Mid-Winter Dinner Time!
The Pakuranga group met at the Howick RSA for their annual Mid-Winter dinner. Sixteen ladies attended.
'Santa' handed out everyone a small 'gift' and thanked them for their attendance.
A great evening was enjoyed by all!
Denise Flett visits in June
"A really great fun night" in May
Auckland East enjoyed having a Laughter Yoga session in May which had everyone joining in on Laughter Yoga exercises. 12 ladies attended and it was a really great fun night but several admitted that they would not like to go every week! The guest speaker was presented with a small token of our appreciation. Next month we will be having Breast Care Nurse and Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse Denise Flett come along and talk to us. Please join us for what will be a very informative and helpful evening.
Bits and pieces in April.
March - Getting crafty out East ...
Rhyanne has a ‘natural’ ability for craft and using small canvases and the very fine outside ply of a 3 ply serviette, she has shown us how to make pictures or other novelty items. Always a successful evening with lots of fun and laughs – and glue!
The next meeting for East Auckland will be on Wednesday 21 April.
Some of the ladies were attending the Relay for Life Cancer Society fund raiser so preparations were made for this event.
The group spent time playing a very short game of ‘pair matching’ which was a bit noisy and then had supper and a long chit chat about many things. At the end of the meeting, a lady attending for the first time said “I will be back! This was fun!’