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A working rural community set amidst quiet rolling countryside yet within 45 minutes of Norwich, Ipswich and the beautiful Suffolk coast. Elegant old buildings, a magnificent church and plenty of footpaths.
Stradbroke is a thriving village.
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JULY MEETING OF THE STRADBROKE WI
This month we offered an open meeting for everyone interested in flower arranging at the highest level because our speaker was Jenny Baker a gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show and wow what a show she put on for us. More than 60 ladies gathered to fill the Community Centre in happy anticipation of the spectacle to come and their happy chatter was a cheerful prelude. Jill welcomed us all and did the basic housekeeping before we leapt straight into the evening’s entertainment with the introduction of Jenny.
What followed was a wonderful display of her artistry with flowers and her ability to tell a good yarn as she worked. Jenny chatted easily about how she became involved in flower arranging , the occasional politics of Flower Clubs but mostly about her journey ,literally, to Chelsea to compete, and the nearly horrors of some of the hotels she was booked into, not places you would like your daughter to stay, not to mention the taxi driver who did not have ’the knowledge’ and who drove around London searching for their destination before dropping them at the end of the required street leaving them to finish their journey on foot. The stories of, at best second rate hotels, and at worst a hostel where she had to pay for bed linen , make her own bed up and cook her own breakfast, made us laugh and gasp in admiration at her indomitable spirit. As she chatted Jenny’s magic fingers fashioned the most beautiful creations using basic and exotic greenery and of course wonderfully coloured flowers of different shapes and sizes all toning and complementing each other .Four of these were produced through the evening with a break for refreshments after the first two displays had been perfected, and the ladies sat enthralled to the end…Continue