October Coffee Morning
At first glance, it looked like some of Harry Potter’s witch-y chums had turned up at the Fearnan Coffee Morning, but at least they had brought a fairly decent spread of baking and goodies with them. Happily, they had used conventional recipes and not the ones that start “eye of newt and toe of frog….” so there was much on the table to be enjoyed.
That was the last Coffee Morning of the year. Our next events are the Remembrance Day Service and Mulled Wine and Mince Pies (see below for details)
A Double Page Spread!
There was a nice bit of recognition for our poppy knitters last week, when the Perthshire Advertiser picked up the story from the Fearnan Blog and the result was a double page spread in the centre of the paper.
A big Thank You to Melanie Bonn of the Perthshire Advertiser for helping to raise the profile of the project.
Efforts continue to create the decorative panels for the war memorial on 11th November. Please let Cath have any finished poppies as soon as possible – she can be seen knitting yet another one in the coffee morning pic above!
Co-op Local Community Fund
Fearnan’s McLean Hall has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund!
Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects in their own area. If you have a Co-op card, you can now choose McLean Hall as your chosen cause and help to fund the on-going development and maintenance of this valuable local asset.
All you need to do is register here and select McLean Hall as the beneficiary of your spending: https://membership.coop.co.uk/register
Why not do it now?
This month’s Book Club report is a joint effort from Lesley and Linda:
The October book club meeting was held on World Mental Health Day which was an appropriate occasion to discuss Anna’s issues as portrayed in our October read, The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn.
Unlike the protagonists in other psychological thrillers we’ve read, we did like Anna and were on her side. There were lots of twists and red herrings in the plot to keep us interested. Most had not guessed about Ethan. Anna was described as an “unreliable heroine” and we didn’t know when to believe her and how much was delusion, which kept us on our toes! Incidentally, we also didn’t believe someone could drink that much, and pop pills, and stay on their feet!
We enjoyed the way the story was played out in just three weeks and the use of the present tense kept us involved with Anna as the plot unfolded. There was consensus over the sex scene with David the lodger – it was unnecessary and out of place.
At the start, we used an American quiz designed to stimulate conversation on the book. However, this conversation-starter became conversation-stopper owing to the crass nature of the questions – but at least it raised a laugh!
The next meeting is on 14th November, when the book being discussed is Slow Horses by Mick Herron. It is the first book in the CWA Gold Dagger Award-Winning British espionage series starring a team of MI5 agents united by one common bond: they’ve screwed up royally and will do anything to redeem themselves!
At 11.00 on the 11th November, it will be exactly 100 years since the end of WW1. There will be a short Service of Remembrance at Fearnan War Memorial at 11am, and afterwards the Village Association will be serving teas and coffee in the village hall. A collection will be taken for Help or Heroes. If you would like a lift down to the War Memorial, please come to the Hall car park at 10.45.
On Saturday 10th November at 19.30, there will be a Charity Ceilidh in aid of the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance. It will be held in Aberfeldy Town Hall. It is an excellent cause to support, and 2 members of the Fearnan community will be appearing, along with the rest of the Glen Lyon Ukulele Band, for your entertainment! (Calling you out, Cath and Neil!)
Christmas is creeping up on us, and that means that our Mulled Wine and Mince Pies event is just around the corner. Join us for a pre-Christmas glass or two, some mince pies and good company. It’s on Saturday 8th December 15.00 – 17.00, £6 per person. After expenses, a donation will be made from the takings to the McLean Hall fund.