Thursday, 4 December 2014

So Long, Farewell, Auf Widersehen, Goodbyeeee....

It is with a very heavy heart that I am announcing that I will be stepping down from the Committee and handing over my beloved Blog. 

I have been honoured to be a part of Herts Belles from the beginning, setting up and running the blog for this time and I shall miss it, but due to work and general life commitments I am no longer able to devote the amount of time I would like to this fabulous Group and the Blog has been suffering because of this.  So I am handing over the reigns to the rest of the Belles Committee and I'm sure you will be in very safe hands!

I will still be a member and hope to make it to most meetings and I hope to get to know you all a lot better without frantically scribbling notes and being hidden behind my camera!

I look forward to participating with you in the future and watching the Group grow from strength to strength.

See you Gals soon!

Dawn Elliott

Christmas Cookie Craziness

It is that time of year for the WI again when we vote for the Resolution we support the most to be put forward for further discussion. 

The shortlist is as follows:
·         The Next 100 Years
·         Plant a Tree for the future
·         Public access defibrillators
·         Failing to care – assessment of need in long-term care
·         Cutting back on food waste
·         Ending FGM
·         To curb the use of antibiotics

Please take a moment to read the background notes on each cause by clicking HERE and then collect your voting form from Dawn Golding at our next meeting.  The shortlist will then be narrowed down to a shorter list of resolutions to be taken forward to the AM.  Then when the final list is announced, our Group will vote either FOR or AGAINST each resolution. 

We were once again thrilled to welcome back by popular demand the wonderful Charlotte White of Restoration Cakes, who brought along some delicious Vanilla Christmas Cookies for us to decorate.

 Charlotte once again demonstrated her amazing talent and skills by decorating 4 cookies using different techniques making them all look absolutely Christma-licious (what? That’s a word!)

Our Belles did not disappoint and rose to the challenge superbly!

By the end of the night we were delighted with our finished products and taking bets on how many cookies would actually make it home and how many were actually going to last the night before being devoured!  We all went away covered in edible glitter and food dye and armed with a few new decorating techniques to try out over the Crimbo period.   If you would like to try baking Charlotte’s cookies her recipe can be found here  

Thank you once again to Charlotte for joining us, it was a great night and we hope to welcome you again soon. 

Charlotte's book 'Burlesque Baking' is available to buy at Amazon and she has a new book out in the year, you can keep up to date on Restoration Cake website at

There will be no meeting in December, however the Christmas Dinner will be held on 10th December 2014 at Bar Espresso, St Albans. Extremely limited spaces are available so please contact us on to enquire.

Our next meeting is in January 2015 and we will be welcoming in the New Year with a fabulous Burlesque Fitness class – more information to follow.

Until then, Have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year!