February 2023

Pop-Up Pancakes

Flippin’ ‘eck, it’s nearly Pancake Day! By happy coincidence, the Pop-Up Café is back in the Hall this Tuesday, 21st February, and we will be celebrating Pancake Day!

There will be lots of warm, freshly made pancakes along with the usual goodies, fresh coffee and tea. We’ll be offering both drop scone-style pancakes with homemade jam and crepe-style pancakes with lemon and sugar.

Doors open at 10.30 am and we run until 12.00. And it’s £3.00 a head.

Recycling Update – Printer Cartridges

Here’s an important update for those who recycle their Epson cartridges through Jenny. She writes:

“People have been doing a great job of bringing their empty cartridges to Clach an Tuirc for recycling – so much so that the box is totally overflowing. So, I thought I’d better send them off and have just emptied the box to sort through them all, as The Recycling Factory doesn’t take all makes.

However, on checking on their website they don’t seem to take any of the Epson ones now! When I first signed up for this, the info was that they took the majority of major brands but not the re-branded ones (eg: Tescos own brand). But they now have more info online and it appears that they only take ‘first-use plastic’ ones – so not ones that are refillable or have been refilled, and not those made from recycled plastic. On the plus side, it appears that Epson are doing a good job by both refilling cartridges and using recycled plastic to make them!

What it means, however, is that I now can’t take Epson cartridges, nor any make of toner. But the good news is you can recycle them yourselves directly via Epson, who will send you free-post return envelopes to package and return your cartridges. You can use this link:


And for everyone else… please continue bringing your empty ink cartridges to me if they are Canon, HP or Brother.”

Fearnan Book Club

  Lesley writes:

At the January meeting, we discussed our Christmas reading choice which was Murder Under the Christmas Tree by Cecil Gayford.

It is a collection of Ten Classic Crime Stories, written by a wide range of classic and modern authors. It provided an opportunity to compare and contrast authors and perhaps experience writing by a new author. 

This book proved popular with the group. Most stories got a favourable review, although there was no clear favourite. The Carter Dickson story featuring the glass knife as a murder weapon was thought ingenious. The Cadfael story went down well as being different. Dorothy L Sayers reminded someone of reading this author years ago and so had loved it and had particularly enjoyed the Christmas setting.

One group member couldn’t get to grips with the short format and longed for a longer story but others were keen on reading story by story. The variety from classic to modern was appreciated and one of the group has even bought another book in the series! 

The book to be reviewed in February is The Cider House Rules by John Irving.

First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is John Irving’s sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist.

It is also the story of Dr Larch’s favourite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.

Diary Dates

In March, we will be holding a Daffodil Afternoon Tea in the Hall on Saturday March 25th at 3pm, and the FVA AGM for 2022-23 will be held on Saturday 1st April at 4pm.

Please note that the copyright of all pictures on this website belongs to the person who took them and the copyright of all text lies with the person who wrote it. The pancake image was provided by Image by brgfx on Freepik

About Fearnan Village Association

Fearnan Village Association was formed in 2007 to provide a means through which those who live in the village can come together to discuss and respond to issues of importance to the village, particularly those that will have an impact on our quality of life. We also organise social events, such as the very popular Pudding Night in February, Strawberry TeaZ in July, and other events and coffee mornings throughout the year.
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3 Responses to February 2023

  1. Jill Dunstan says:

    Hi, I always look forward to receiving the newsletter (I live in the south of England, but have very fond memories of my trips to the area – last century)! I would love to know the title and author of the ‘another book in the series’ mentioned in the section from the book club referencing the book under discussion at January’s meeting. I have read this book and hadn’t realised that there were more in the series.

    I was also intrigued to read about the forthcoming Daffodil Afternoon Tea at the end of March. Here we are in full flower with daffodils in the hedgerows and gardens, also fields-full of them, as I live the main daffodil growing area in the country. It illustrates the differences in our climates.

    ~Best wishes,

    Jill Dunstan.

    • Hi Jill. Nice to hear from you. I’ve checked with the Book Club and you have a treat in store as there are not one but TWO other books in the series.They are Murder on Christmas Eve and A Very Murderous Christmas. Enjoy!

      Our daffodils are only just peeking above ground – well behind their southern cousins. However, it does mean we get to enjoy them at Easter and the later varieties keep going right through April. We have carpets of snowdrops at the moment. Fiona

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